Woman's behaviour obnoxious - judge

Last updated 13:31 21/01/2014

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A judge has told a woman her behaviour towards police was obnoxious and offensive.

Ashley Jordan Cousins, 22, appeared in the Invercargill District Court on January 17 before Judge Christina Cook and admitted assaulting and resisting police and behaving in a disorderly manner likely to cause violence on December 14. She was sentenced to 150 hours' community work.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Denise Harvey said Cousins was the passenger of a vehicle stopped by police at 2.50am on December 13.

She and an associate started yelling at police and were asked to tone it down. Cousins got out of the car and continued yelling. She was given a warning to settle down but she did not and refused to get back into the vehicle, Ms Harvey said.

The driver left and Cousins was told she was under arrest. She swung out and struck a constable on her lower lip. When Cousins was restrained and taken to the station, she was abusive, kicked the interior of a patrol car, kicked a constable in the leg and would not comply with directions. She offered no explanation for her actions.

Cousins' lawyer, Keith Owen, said his client was intoxicated. Her recollection of the offending was hazy but she accepted her behaviour was appalling.

Judge Cook said her behaviour and language towards police was "obnoxious and completely offensive".

Assault

Steven Darrell Cossill was sentenced to 175 hours' community work for assault on September 23.

Breach

Todd Duncan McGregor was remanded to February 11 for breaching home detention on December 10.

Christian Michael Cook, 26, dairy worker, of Ashley Downs, was sentenced to four months' community detention, 220 hours' community work and six months supervision for two breaches of a protection order on November 8.

Driving

Bryan Tony Skilton, 19, was disqualified from driving for three months for driving while forbidden on January 12.

Fraser Robert Cameron, 27, builder, of Ikawai, in Waimate, was fined $500 and disqualified for six months for driving with a sustained loss of traction at Winton on January 15.

Drink-driving

Emma Davison, 28, dairy worker, was fined $550 and disqualified for six months for driving with a breath alcohol level of 523mcg at Winton on January 12.

Christopher John Byron, 23, farm worker, of Waikouro, 650mcg on January 11. Fined $800 and disqualified for six months.

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- The Southland Times

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