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Woman's screaming tirade in Night Owl brings kids to tears

THE loud screaming and foul mouth abuse of Jody Johnson in Night Owl caused kids to cry and customers to quickly leave the store.

Staff phoned 000 to get police help.

For her offensive vocal efforts and then her failure to later appear in court, 52-year-old Johnson landed a police cell when arrested.

Johnson fronted Gladstone Magistrates Court in custody and pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance at the store on September 21, and failing to attend court on October 12.

Prosecutor snr constable Sam Pyke said police arrested Johnson when she was seen walking along the Dawson Highway on October 16.

Snr const Pyke said police received multiple 000 calls from Night Owl staff saying a violent customer was scaring customers.

She ran off across the road and into bushland before police arrived.

Staff told police about the offensive words Johnson had been screaming saying children began to cry and had to leave the store.

Snr const Pyke said CCTV also showed Johnson taking multiple confectionary bars.

Police alleged she had been under the influence at the time with erratic movements and been crying hysterically.

Snr const Pyke said Johnson has a six page criminal history and the nuisance offence was aggravated because of children being in the store at the time "who should not have been subjected to her behaviour, particularly the words she used".

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Johnson instructs that her boyfriend and his friend had been arguing with her and she was telling them to leave her alone.

They followed her into the store and the argument had continued.

"She did not realise she was so loud," Mr Pepito said.

Magistrate Jason Schubert said her criminal history included like offences and she was heading along the path toward another term of imprisonment.

Johnson was ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid community service work within six months.

Topics:  court crime gladstone public nuisance



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