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Gran on drugs bangs head on pavement, spits on cop

A GRANDMA inexplicably began banging her head on the pavement then spat at a police officer as he tried to give her a helping hand.

Luckily the grandma's spittle landed on his leg.

Charged with the serious assault of a police officer, Mary Elizabeth Charles was sentenced to three months jail but immediately released on parole.

Magistrate Robert Walker, worried that Charles appeared vague in the courtroom, asked if she was listening to proceedings.

She replied she had taken Valium for her back pain.

Charles, 40, pleaded guilty to six offences in Gladstone Magistrates Court that included two charges of failing to properly dispose of a needle and syringe; obstruct police; and possession of property suspected of being used in a drug offence.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said police saw Charles on the ground at 2pm on February 9 and realised she needed medical assistance.

However, as they tried to help her to stand up she got out of both officers grasp and began banging her head on the ground.

She then spat toward the police constable, her saliva landing on his uniformed trouser leg.

Sgt Stevens said Charles spat again but the saliva did not hit anyone and she was taken to Gladstone Base Hospital.

When police went to search her bag Charles warned the officer he had better be careful because of syringes.

A clip seal bag was found which she said had been for ice along with a used needle and spoon.

On October 16 police arrested her on warrant and a used syringe was found in her bag she said was used to inject ice.

Sgt Stevens such officers should not be subject to humiliation of that kind from people show spat at them although he acknowledged her act had been less serious than by people who spat in an officer's face.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Charles is a mother of six and grandmother to four who suffers a post traumatic stress disorder.

He said that at the time of her unacceptable behaviour she had been under the influence of drugs.

Mr Walker warned Charles that such offences carry a maximum penalty of 14 years jail and are degrading acts.

"Had you spat in his face you would be serving a term of imprisonment," he said.

She was also fined $500.

Topics:  court, crime, drugs, spitting




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