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Threat to shoot police ends in jail

A WOMAN who threatened to go after a Byron Bay police officer with a 12-gauge shotgun was jailed for 12 months at Byron Bay local court on Friday.

Nikki Roberts, 29 of Goonellabah was approached by police at Byron Bay's Railway Park on February 17 when she was drinking alcohol in an alcohol-free zone.

Police facts tendered to the court stated when officers advised Roberts the alcohol had to be tipped out she yelled an expletive.

Police allege a confrontation followed during which Roberts punched Constable Kaph-Fancourt in the chest with both fists.

Roberts was listed to appear in Byron Bay local court on March 22 but failed to appear and was arrested on Thursday in Railway Park.

When she was arrested and taken back to Byron Bay police station she launched into a verbal attack on Const Kaph-Fancourt.

"I know you Kappa," police facts stated. "I am going to come at you with a 12-gauge.

"I'll find you in a back street, you're the one I want."

In sentencing Roberts, Magistrate Dakin took into account her extensive criminal record covering more than 14 years.

On the charge of intimidate a police officer, Roberts was sentenced to 12 months jail, with a non-parole period of eight months.

For assaulting Const Kaph-Fancourt, Magistrate Dakin jailed Roberts for four months. She will be eligible for release on December 19.

Meanwhile, a man who was also jailed for 12 months by Magistrate Dakin on Friday for intimidating police has appealed the severity of his sentence.

The appeal over 17 charges including assault and fraud against Suffolk Park's Neil Wright will be heard on May 16 in Lismore.

Topics:  byron bay court police threat



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