Woman throws knife at police
BALLINA police took a call for help from Anne Davis to ‘come and lock me up before I hurt someone', but did not expect to be greeted by a flying knife she threw at them when they pulled up outside her mother's West Ballina home.
After throwing the knife over the roof of the police car as Senior Constable Daryl Mackney and Constable Luke Mewing were about to step out, Davis went backinside the Kalinga Street house and walked out carrying a hammer and a wheel brace yelling, ‘lock me up I'm going to kill someone'.
Davis, 22, pleaded guilty in the Ballina Local Court last Thursday to two counts of assaulting a police officer at 7.30pm on December 19 last year' and one count of offensive behaviour in public.
Defence lawyer John Hennessy agreed his client called the police that night and threw the 18cm knife at them when they arrived.
But he described the objective level of seriousness as ‘low' because the knife flew over the roof of the police car.
He said Davis also pleaded guilty to damaging property at her mother's house on February 13 when she smashed a kitchen window and destroyed a photo frame.
Mr Hennessy said his client had issues with alcohol and was pregnant with her third child and had been distressed.
Magistrate Kim Pogson said her pregnancy made it even more important that Davis receive counselling for her alcohol problems ‘because alcohol and pregnancy do not mix'.
Police facts before Mr Pogson stated the knife passed over the passenger window of the police car less than 10cm above the roof before landing in the gutter on the opposite side of the road.
A man at the house took the hammer from Davis and after talking to the two officers, Davis dropped the metal tyre lever in the gutter and was arrested.
Davis, who now lives at McKenzie Street in Lismore, was convicted of the offences and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond under supervision.