Noise complaints spark woman's assault on officer

Last updated 08:00 05/02/2014

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What began as a neighbourly dispute over the volume of a stereo has led to one Hawera woman facing a different type of music when she appeared in court this week.

Jane Norma Proffit, 42, tanker driver, appeared before Judge Allan Roberts in the Hawera District Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty to one charge of resisting arrest and another of assault with a blunt instrument.

The charges related to an incident at Proffit's home on November 17. According to the police summary of facts, police and noise control officers were called to the address by Proffit's neighbours who had complained she had been abusive towards them and had been playing her music loudly.

Proffit initially refused requests to hand over the stereo but after being threatened with arrest she disconnected it and brought it over to where one of the police officers was standing.

Proffit then threw the stereo about a metre and it hit the constable's left leg.

As police tried to arrest her for the assault, she walked away and had to be handcuffed.

In explanation for the offending, Proffit said she had not intended to hit the policewoman with the stereo.

Police prosecutor Stephen Hickey said the police officer involved had received a bruise from the assault.

The defendant's lawyer Natalie Bradley said the offending was out of character for the mother of two.

"In all other areas of her life she is doing quite well," Mrs Bradley said.

Judge Roberts said Proffit had no history for past violence and had not offended at all since 1995.

Proffit was sentenced to 60 hours of community work for resisting arrest and 100 hours for the assault, the sentences are to be served concurrently.

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