'Loyal' girlfriend pepper sprayed outside nightclub
A GLADSTONE woman who jumped on a man for attacking her boyfriend has been ordered to complete a probation term.
On Tuesday Chloe Lyndal Thomson pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to one count of public nuisance, for the third time this year.
The court heard Thomson was on a night out with her boyfriend and the pair was waiting to be picked up near Mieplace Nightclub.
A man approached them and began to antagonise the pair before hitting Thomson's boyfriend, the court heard.
There was a chase and nearby police became involved. Thomson told officers: "if you don't stop him I will”.
She chased after the man, jumped and "hung off him”.
Police tried several times to remove Thomson, who continued to strike the man, before she was pepper sprayed.
The court heard Thomson was "belligerent” and continued to yell and swear at officers even as she was arrested.
In the watch-house she told police she didn't want to go to court because it was "dero”.
Magistrate Dennis Kinsella said although Thomson acted in a "very loyal manner” in defending her boyfriend, she should have let police do their job.
"You took matters into your own hands,” he said.
He told Thomson once police had arrived on scene it was their duty to handle the situation.
"I'll put that down to your alcohol consumption,” Mr Kinsella said.
He said it was Thomson's third time in court this year for similar offending and warned her to learn how to handle her alcohol.
Thomson told Mr Kinsella she had no plans to go out in Gladstone any time soon.
She was ordered to complete 9 months' probation, with no conviction recorded.