Party arrest has domino effect

WHEN police turned up at a Victory Heights home to deal with a reported disturbance on August 18, they were greeted by a group of middle-aged people drinking and screaming at each other, Gympie Magistrates Court heard.

Four of the people at the party were arrested, one of whom was Joanne Lesley Elliot, 47, who was charged with obstructing police and creating a public nuisance.

Police officers said when the first person was arrested for a different matter, another person stepped in and was arrested as well.

The court heard that Elliot was the third person to obstruct police and a fourth who tried to prevent police from taking her into custody was arrested also.

All four were given warnings by police but refused to calm down. Officers said instead of moving away as she was asked to, Elliot started swinging her arms at police. When she was detained, Elliot started thrashing around and was arrested and taken to the police station.

“I don't actually remember,” Elliot said when she was given her chance to tell her side of the story.

“There were four of us arrested on the night and we are all disabled.

“We were singing and dancing and all of a sudden five or six police were there.”

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said Elliot's history was a bit of a concern to her, compared with the other three defendants, who had already been dealt with. The court heard they had been placed on bonds to be good behaviour for obstructing police.

“All four were quite intoxicated and verbal towards police,” Mrs Baldwin said and fined Elliot, of Lowads Street, Salisbury, $700.

“Be warned, next time (the penalty) will be beyond fines for you,” she said.

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