News

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




'Aggressive' great white shark knocks man off board

A 2.28m Great White is tagged by the Department of Primary Industries at Coffs Harbour on Tuesday.

"It went under his SUP towards our son, then circled around."

New bar to transform Lismore CBD warehouse

GRAND PLANS: Plans to renovate warehouse into a live music venue

This venue aims to make international acts tour Lismore over Byron

Homeless man, 84, admitted to $1m hotel fire: Police

Greg Bird, the manager of the Australian Hotel in Ballina, checks over the extensive damage to the back bar and bistro area of the popular pub following a fire in the early hours of this morning, May 27. Photo: Graham Broadhead

Police say he admitted to starting the fire using cigarette lighter

Latest deals and offers

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Have a Stoli Bolly and let's go darling!

THEY ARE BACK: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Absolutely Fabulous, The Movie hits the screens

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started