Pub brawl leaves woman in bra
AMBER JOHNSTONE saw red in an angry pub brawl with another woman that ended up on the road outside the Nimbin Hotel.
The fight caused motorists to stop and drew a crowd of 30 people, and left Johnstone clad only in her bra.
Clumps of women’s hair were seen by police in the street.
Johnstone, 28, a cafe waitress from Cawongla, was back in custody before the Lismore Local Court on Tuesday charged with affray and behaving in an offensive manner at 7pm on June 3.
She had been placed on supervised parole six weeks ago, with a 12-month suspended jail sentence hanging over her head, after she trashed the Nimbin home of former friends in a destructive rampage.
Police opposed bail and in facts put before the court said Johnstone had been drinking at the hotel with Vicki Trustum when the pair started to argue.
Hotel staff turned the pair out on to the street and the women began a physical fight on the footpath, throwing punches at each other.
They took hold of each other and fell to the ground where they continued to fight.
Two large handfuls of hair were later observed on the ground by police.
According to the police statement, Nimbin Hotel staff unsuccessfully attempted to restrain and separate the women and police were called.
Officers at first monitored the council’s Street Safe cameras and observed both women fighting.
Police stated Ms Trustum was seen to lunge forward and swing a wild punch in the direction of Johnstone, but missed and instead hit a hotel staff member.
When police officers arrived at the scene they saw both women standing in the middle of the road verbally abusing each other with Johnstone wearing only her bra.
Magistrate Robyn Denes said she was only prepared to release Johnstone from custody if she went immediately into a residential rehabilitation centre.
“It is one last chance,” she told Johnstone.
“Yes I understand,” replied Johnstone from the dock.
Defence lawyer Amy Barker said her client could be picked up by people from MERIT and transported to Riverlands for detox and then later taken to The Buttery, where she would reside and complete the rehabilitation program.
The case will be mentioned again in July to monitor Johnstone’s progress.