A Gold Coast Teenager narrowly avoided a term of imprisonment last week when she faced the Southport Magistrates Court charged with serious assault of police.
Represented by Solicitor Joe Wicking of Moloney MacCallum Lawyers, the teenager was at significant risk of an actual custodial sentence as a result of spitting at three Police officers after an incident in Surfers Paradise in late 2012.
Mr Wicking told the Court that his client had been a victim of domestic violence and her past when combined with her intoxication resulted in her reacting in an aggressive manner.
The Court when sentencing the teenager rightfully condemned her actions on that occasion but took note of her personal history. It was noted by the Court that offences involving spitting usually result in a term of imprisonment, however in the circumstances of the client’s personal history, lack of criminal history and age imposed a suspended term of imprisonment with a lengthy operational period combined with period of probation.
The matter was also reported on by the Gold Coast Bulletin. The article can be read by clicking here