Police arrested the woman after she began screaming while her new boyfriend was being taken into custody.
Police arrested the woman after she began screaming while her new boyfriend was being taken into custody. Trevor Veale

Woman causes ruckus after new boyfriend arrested

WITHIN 10 weeks of meeting a man after the break-up of her 15-year marriage, the love this woman had for him was so strong she risked her freedom to protest his arrest.

In front of her three children, Shandelle Elizabeth Toleafoa began to yell and swear at officers who were taking her new boyfriend into custody near a Buddina polling-booth on election day last month, a court heard.

With young children and families watching on, Toleafoa screamed at the police to "get the f*** off him" despite being restrained and ordered to stay back.

Toleafoa quietened down for about 10 minutes, but then continued her tirade and struggled against the officer trying to arrest her, with the pair eventually falling into a garden bed.

She pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday to single counts of public nuisance and obstruct police, the first mark on her criminal history.

The court heard her boyfriend had a "more colourful" past than he'd revealed, but the love she had for him amplified her reaction to his arrest.

Magistrate Matthew Mclaughlin sentenced her to a 12 month, $200 good behaviour bond.



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