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Woman 'disgusting' for breaking DV order, wrecking property

DISGUSTING.

That is the word Magistrate John Smith used to describe the actions of Katrina Elizabeth Prange on December 24 last year.

The 29-year-old pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to assaulting or obstructing a police officer, contravening a domestic violence order and wilful damage of police property.

Police prosecutor Kath Stagoll told the court that police had attended the Granville home where Prange and her partner lived on Christmas Eve after a 000 call was made.

The court heard Prange had been drinking and arguing with her partner for most of the afternoon.

In the evening the situation turned violent, with Prange punching her partner and then continuing to swing at him, Sgt Stagoll said.

When police arrived, they saw that furniture had been tipped over.

Prange was in the backyard and police saw her hitting her head against a pole.

She lashed out at police with her legs when she was arrested. She then attempted to hook her legs around a screen door.

When she arrived at the watch house, the court heard Prange pulled her pants down and sat on each of the cushions, rendering them unusable for other prisoners.

"The cushions required cleaning," Sgt Stagoll said.

Defence lawyer Travis George said his client was humiliated by her behaviour.

"Embarrassed and apologetic is an understatement," he said.

"She's never been in trouble with the law before."

He said his client had found employment in Roma and she was getting her life on track.

Mr George said Prange had also had a domestic violence order against her former partner.

He said on the night of the incident she had suffered a breakdown.

"It doesn't excuse the behaviour, it just puts it in context," Mr George said.

Mr Smith said Prange would have to live with the memory of her "disgusting behaviour".

She was fined $1700 but no convictions were recorded.

Topics:  hervey bay magistraes court



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