Woman sentenced to probation



A GUEST of last year's Gladstone Police Christmas party was yesterday given 12 months probation and 125 hours community service, after pleading guilty to a number of charges.

Tracey Joan Turner appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court on three counts of stealing, one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of behaving in a disorderly manner.

The court heard Ms Turner was a guest at the Gladstone Police Christmas function in December 2003 when she threw the contents of her drink over a balcony onto parked cars and at off-duty police officers.

She then became verbally abusive when the officers escorted her to the entry of the building and tried to prevent her re-entering the function.

It was alleged Ms Turner assaulted one of the off-duty police officers, digging her fingernails into her arm and causing breakage of the skin and bleeding.

She then kicked the officer.

Ms Turner was also found guilty of stealing three wallets at the function, taking the wallets into the ladies bathroom before removing cash and disposing of the cards and wallets into the wastebin. The 35-year-old mother of three, who is employed part-time as an youth worker and receives a sole parent pension, was sentenced to 12 months probation and 125 hours community service, with special conditions of attending anger management and alcohol counselling programs.



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