Woman woke in custody with no memory of assault

A WOMAN who was so intoxicated she couldn't recall head-butting a co-worker has narrowly avoided a prison term.

The Toowoomba Magistrate Court heard Jade Isabella Behn woke in the city's watch house the morning after becoming so intoxicated during after-work drinks at DeLacey's Hotel with no memories of a fight with a colleague.

Prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson told the court Behn, 22, had been drinking at the bar the night of October 30 after finishing her shift at the pub.

When a co-worker told her she had been cut off, Behn yelled abuse at him before she launched herself at him, head-butting him in the face near his right eye.

The police were called and located Behn who was taken to the watch house.

Behn pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm arising from the October 30 incident. She also pleaded guilty to obstruct police and failing to leave licensed premises arising from August 15 last year.

Sgt Robinson told the court security staff at the Shamrock Hotel escorted Behn from the venue and called a taxi which she refused to get into before she was taken into custody by police.

Solicitor Chris Lumme, for Behn, said his client couldn't recall her actions the night of the assault.

He said Behn admitted she had "quite severe alcohol addiction" and accepted she needed counselling.

Magistrate Graham Lee ordered Behn undergo psychological evaluation as part of the two-year probation sentence he handed down in relation to the assault police charge.

He ordered a three month prison term wholly suspended for 12 months and a $300 fine for possession of 1g of cannabis.

The convictions were recorded.
 



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