Mother ordered community service

A CASINO mum on a suspended jail sentence who smashed a window at the home of a family friend again escaped prison after being ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid community work instead.

Leonie Fay Collins had gone to the home to retrieve keys to the family car left there by her partner Anthony McLean following a verbal altercation between the couple.

Collins, 30, pleaded guilty in the Casino Local Court to recklessly destroying property at the home of Maria Allen at 9.30pm on January 4.

When the car keys were not handed over Collins began swearing and verbally abusing Ms Allen, who closed the door on her because the noise was upsetting children inside.

Collins was banging on the glass window when it smashed, but she told police called to the scene she had ‘accidentally fallen into the window’.

Police found her down the road from the Adam Street house being treated by ambulance officers for cuts and abrasions to her left arm.

Along with the smashed window, police said she also caused a hole in a Gyprock wall.

The police prosecutor stated Collins by carrying out the offence was in breach of a suspended 12-month jail sentence, where she had instead been given a 12-month good behaviour bond with only three days to complete before she re-offended.

Police documents before Magistrate Robyn Denes revealed Collins received the suspended jail sentence after threatening to kill a woman with a knife during a fight in a Casino medical clinic.

In that serious incident on December 18, 2008, Collins walked into the Dharah Gibin Medical Centre at 8.45am with a carving knife in her bag.

After consideration of the matter, Ms Denes did not revoke the bond for the suspended sentence and imposed the community service work order.



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