Pair cops fine after argument
A WOMAN who launched a tirade of abuse at police after calling them for help has ended up with a fine and probation for her actions.
Kerenza Jay Cullen pleaded guilty to public nuisance and contravening a direction, while her partner Nathan Thomas Charles Kington pleaded guilty to obstructing police in court last week.
Police prosecutor Constable Sean Franklin said police were called to a residence at 8pm on February 8, where an occupant wanted her ex-partner to leave.
“When police approached the (male) defendant on the footpath, the woman on the steps began yelling at them to get off her property,” Const Franklin said.
“‘I want Nathan to stay and you rookies to (expletive) off’.”
Officers proceeded to arrest the female defendant, and the male was also arrested for obstruction when he refused to get out of the way.
Chris Trevor and Associates defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman told the court her clients were in a relationship, and an argument on the evening had developed about how her two children would be collected from their father.
“She called police, but in the 20 minutes it took for them to arrive, things had settled down,” Ms O’Gorman said.
“My client no longer wanted police there, and she had had a few wines and these may have reduced her inhibitions.
“She knows she did the wrong thing, but doesn’t remember calling the officers the names.”
Magistrate Damian Carroll said having a few wines was no excuse for the vitriol aimed at officers wanting to assist.
“Your behaviour is completely unacceptable,” he said.
Cullen was fined $325 for two offences, and three years probation; while Kington was fined $350.