Naked woman high on ice attacks police officer

A WOMAN has faced court for assaulting police twice in bizarre circumstances - once while running naked through Vincent and another when she tried to enter a stranger's car.

Lylandra Walsh, 26, pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court last week to two counts of serious assault of a police officer, unlawful entry of a vehicle, public nuisance and two counts of obstructing police.

On October 31 last year, a motorist pulled up at lights at the intersection of Fulham Rd and Nathan St and Walsh tried to get into the locked car.

Crown prosecutor Amanda Payne said Walsh placed her chocolate milk and phone in the back seat, through a partially opened window, then tried to climb into the vehicle.

"The complainant yelled at the defendant to get out of his vehicle, then tried to push the defendant out," she said.

Ms Payne said Walsh made growling noises and tried to bite the man's hand.

"A bystander approached and grabbed the defendant's legs and tried to pull her out of the vehicle," she said.

When police arrived, the lower half of Walsh's body was hanging out of the car. A male officer tried to remove her and she bit his hand.

Ms Payne said Walsh was detained and tested positive to amphetamine, methylamphetamine and marijuana.

On June 11, 2015, police received reports of a naked woman running into oncoming traffic at Vincent, yelling: "I am man, I am woman, I will shed my scales."

By the time officers arrived, a bystander had wrapped Walsh in a blanket, but she was naked from the waist up.

Ms Payne said Walsh dropped the blanket and a female police officer wrapped it around her again.

"She started ranting and raving and refused to put a shirt on, that she was provided," she said. "The (officer) again offered assistance and the defendant stood up and punched her in the face."

Ms Payne said Walsh had previously been convicted of serious assault of a police officer in 2010 and 2016.

Defence barrister Michael Hibble said Walsh, a mother of one, was diagnosed with schizophrenia two years ago.

He said that at the time of the offences, she had "no firm grasp on reality".

"She needs to ensure she doesn't take drugs, because if she takes drugs her mental health can't cope," he said.

"If she uses even cannabis, and ice - ice seems to be the real issue - there's going to be significant questions … to her ability to stay out of trouble."

Judge Gregory Lynham sentenced Walsh to 18 months in jail. As she has already served 248 days in jail, she was released on immediate parole.

"If you continue to use illicit substances … then inevitably you are going to reoffend," Judge Lynham said. "I do hope … that you don't revert to using dangerous drugs again."

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