Young mum goes on drunken cop-bashing rampage
A YOUNG Chinchilla mother went on a violent and destructive rampage against a police officer after she was caught stealing a mobile phone, a court has heard.
Tarlah Jean Hardy appeared in Chinchilla Magistrates Court earlier this month for two counts of stealing, wilful damage to police property as well as obstructing and assaulting a police officer.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Derek Brady told the court police were called to the Torquay Hotel on December 8 where security guards told them Hardy had stolen a phone, which was confirmed by the hotel's CCTV footage.
Two female police officers searched Hardy, before locating the stolen phone inside her pants.
The court heard Hardy started her rampage after she was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car.
"Ms Hardy continued to kick violently at the rear passenger side window of the police car," Sgt Brady said.
Police were forced to remove Hardy from the car to prevent her further damaging the vehicle.
The new mother then forcefully kicked an officer in her arm, causing pain and discomfort.
"This is certainly not a low-end assault, but I do take into consideration her somewhat limited history at this particular time, so I think a fine is within range and if it goes beyond that it is certainly only to be a probation period," Sgt Brady said.
Hardy's lawyer, Joe Millican, appealed for leniency, saying his client was the mother of a 10-month-old-daughter.
"She's very shameful and remorseful for her actions and it is somewhat out of character for her," he said.
Magistrate Robbie Davies was scathing in his assessment of the young woman.
"She's got a history of violence when she's drunk. Do you see any particular issues in her life that she needs assistance with?" MrDavies asked.
"Not anything in particular, which makes it seem a case of young and inappropriate behaviour one will just grow out of in time," Mr Millican responded.
She was fined $300 with no conviction recorded.