Transgender person jailed
WHEN Bobby the horse and Italian greyhound Mexico were spotted ambling with their carer Martin Harwood by security at the Lismore Shopping Square, they were quickly nabbed by Lismore police.
Harwood, 30, of Lismore, a transgender person also known as ‘Jelkic’, had been granted bail just three hours before by Lismore Local Court Magistrate R Denes after being arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting and intimidating a security guard at the same shopping centre on October 18; damaging property; assaulting police; and offensive behaviour.
Her bail conditions included not going back to Lismore Square.
After being released from the Lismore police cells, Harwood was seen walking past the court complex with her father’s horse Bobby and greyhound Mexico.
The trio were refused entry into nearby café La Baracca, before sauntering off down the street.
Harwood was later arrested at Lismore Square and charged with the new offences of assault; larceny; and breaching bail conditions; with police alleging she assaulted the same security guard and stole a can of rum from Woolworths.
While in police custody that night, Harwood was charged with recklessly damaging NSW Police property.
Prosecutor Sgt Alissia Kennedy opposed bail and put before Ms Denes police facts accusing Harwood of spitting, urinating and defecating on the floor of the dock at Lismore police station.
Magistrate Denes refused bail and adjourned the case to next week.
When Harwood successfully applied for her first bail on Monday, defence lawyer Tom Trembath said his client did not want to see the court’s mental health clinical nurse or Merit officers.
He said she was ‘a transgender person’ who was half-way through her (gender) reassignment. He acknowledged Harwood had criminal records in SA, WA, Victoria and Tasmania, mostly related to her activities as a ‘worker’.
“People in her situation often get harassed on the street and come into police contact,” Mr Trembath said.
“Her father lives here and is in Lismore Base Hospital with a serious illness.”
“I’ve been in hospital, too, darling. With my gender change I’m not coping very well,” Harwood said from the dock.