'Crazy woman' trashes home
CHILDREN inside a Nimbin home would have been in fear when it came under attack ‘by a crazy woman’, a Lismore Local Court magistrate said when sentencing Amber Johnstone over her destructive rampage.
Johnstone, 28, yelled abuse at the occupants before forcing her way inside and used a lump of timber to smash a door, glass panels, walls and furniture.
She also damaged a Holden Kingswood parked in the driveway of the Nimbin home at 9.30pm on November 10 last year.
Magistrate Robyn Denes sentenced Johnstone to 12 months’ jail – immediately suspended after she pleaded guilty to malicious damage of property owned by Rhyll Thacker; malicious damage of property owned by Greg Crane; assaulting Ian Walliker; and being armed with intent to commit an assault.
Ms Denes, when suspending the jail sentence, placed Johnstone on supervised parole and ordered her to do drug, alcohol and anger management programs.
She was also ordered to pay compensation in amounts of $500 and $650 for the damage she caused.
The Crown said the matter was serious given she had similar offences on her record and that she was meant to have addressed alcohol issues at that time.
Defence lawyer Laura Fennell said her client could not explain her bad behaviour that night, but was now participating in a mental health program and seeing a doctor for her anxiety.
Ms Fennell said her Victorian criminal record took place at a time when Johnstone’s stepfather held a senior position in the Rebels motorcycle club.
She said it was to do with incidents in and outside of the club her client had been drawn into.
Ms Fennell acknowledged the damage to the house was not insignificant.
Ms Denes said the people inside the house could hear things being smashed and were leaning against a door to stop Johnstone getting in where the children were.
“It is a serious issue to drag children into it,” she told Johnstone.
“You put children through this. Police outside could hear you screaming. Children in the home were upset by a crazy woman.”
Ms Denes said she saw photos showing that Johnstone had ‘trashed’ the house.
She said Johnstone needed to work with Probation Services because anyone who was drunk then terrorised occupants of a house ‘has a problem with alcohol’.