Teen cleared after bizarre episode

Last updated 07:43 13/03/2014

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Charges against a Picton woman of assault and intentional damage were dismissed in the Blenheim District Court yesterday after the judge said her bizarre behaviour was a mystery.

Tayla Leigh Proctor, 19, believes she was slipped a "date rape" drug on the night of the incident, on April 8 last year, when she smashed a glass door and punched a woman in the left eye.

The court heard that Proctor had been working all day, before going to the Crow Tavern in Picton, where her mother was at a male revue show with her friends.

Proctor, a waitress, was supposed to drive her mother home following the show, but decided to go to a party she had been invited to by some of the performers.

According to Proctor, she went to the house believing there would be lots of people there, and felt uncomfortable when she was the only visitor.

She had had one drink at the pub.

When one of the men offered her a drink she asked for a Coke, which she drank before deciding to leave.

Proctor said she could not remember anything between reaching the front door to leave, and waking up in a cell of the Blenheim Police Station the following day.

A second woman also went to the house, and said Proctor was already there when she arrived, wearing only her underwear and her t-shirt.

Proctor looked as if she was in a happy mood, and skulled about 250ml to 300ml of tequila, the woman said.

The witness went into the kitchen to have a coffee with her friend, who had been the MC for the night at the show, before they heard Proctor become "very aggressive".

She went into the lounge, where Proctor was lashing out, calling the men abusive names.

When the witness tried to calm her down and put her trousers back on her, Proctor continued to lash out, punching the woman in the eye, and kicking a glass door.

Proctor said she could not contest the woman's evidence, because she could not remember anything.

Judge Tony Zohrab said because he could not be sure what caused her to act in such a "bizarre" manner, and lash out, he could not be sure that she had intentionally assaulted the woman, or damaged the glass door.

He dismissed both charges.

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