Nimbin house smashed up

AMBER JOHNSTONE vented her bad temper in a big way on the occupants of a Nimbin house when she arrived, yelling abuse before using a lump of timber to smash a door, glass panels, walls and furniture.

A Holden Kingswood was also damaged.

Johnstone, 28, of Shipway Road in Nimbin, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday 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.

Following her pleas the matter was adjourned for sentence to April 20.

Johnstone drove to a Nimbin house at 9.30pm on November 10 last year. Its occupants first heard loud music coming from her van that was parked across their driveway blocking it.

Johnstone got out of the van screaming and began verbally abusing Mr Walliker, throwing punches at him and attempting to kick him when he tried to calm her down.

Avoiding most of the punches Mr Walliker later told police ‘two or three connected’ before Johnstone scratched him on the upper arm.

As he backed away she followed him back to the house, kicking and denting a door on a Holden Kingswood and punching its side mirror.

Inside the Cullen Street house residents heard the sounds of glass breakingbefore seeing Johnstone walk down the hallway holding a large piece of timber.

Police facts stated ‘she was thrusting the timber toward Mr Walliker’ and yelling abuse directed at Ms Thacker.

Mr Walliker slammed a bedroom door shut when she thrust the timber at him, telling police he heard another friend Michael Exton yelling out ‘Amber don’t do it’ before hearing things being smashed and glass breaking.

Ms Thacker made two triple-0 calls for help and when Senior Constable Thomas Paine arrived on the chaotic scene he heard Johnstone yelling abuse.

When asked by the officer why she had ‘smashed the place up’, Johnstone replied: “I haven’t. It was like this when I got here.”

Police state she caused significant damage to the front door with most of its glasspanels smashed, pieces of timber torn from architraves and door jamb, and holes punched in interior walls.

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