Guitar teacher gives police officer a tune up at Lightbox
A BLONDE 23-year-old guitar teacher who kicked a police officer in the groin was the reason for an almighty disturbance at the usually swanky Lightbox Wine and Espresso Bar at the end of last month.
Scarlett Rose Ryan on Tuesday pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to three charges, including assaulting a police officer and public nuisance.
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She said her unsophisticated behaviour was because she mixed medication and alcohol on the evening of February 27.
Police were waved down by security guards at the centrally situated wine bar, who were seen to be restraining Ryan, blocking her re-entry to the premises.
She claimed she needed to get back into the venue to find her friends, but couldn't provide any names or descriptions.
Ryan then began shouting obscenities at police, who warned her to keep her behaviour in check or face arrest.
As if tempted by the warning, Ryan ran away and tried to get back into the bar.
As she struggled with the police, she started kicking and her foot made contact with an officer's groin area.
Because Ryan had not engaged in violent behaviour before police intervention, she could not be issued with a banning notice for the Safe Night Out precinct.
But Magistrate Brian Kucks was happy to hand out 75 hours of compulsory community service.
"The only reason you are here today is because you didn't do what you were told, when you were told by a person of authority," he said.
"The general public has a right not to put up with this kind of behaviour."
A conviction was recorded.