An Airlie Beach woman had to be handcuffed before being taken to the police station. Photo: Trevor Veale
An Airlie Beach woman had to be handcuffed before being taken to the police station. Photo: Trevor Veale

Airlie woman resists arrest, repeatedly kicks police officer

A WOMAN who barricaded herself behind a table and chairs to escape police then lashed out, kicking one of the cops multiple times in the leg.

Police were called to a Cannonvale property for a separate matter in July and after their investigations, they said Somjit Thestham had to leave the home.

But police prosecutor Senior Constable Sarah Rowe told Proserpine Magistrates Court this week that Thestham refused.

She then barricaded herself behind a table and chairs in the loungeroom to shield herself from police.

 

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Sen-Constable Rowe said police then tried to physically remove the 30-year-old, but Thestham grabbed a chair and refused to let go.

When police prised the chair from her grasp, Thestham lashed out with her fists and feet before being taken to the ground.

The court heard that while she was on the ground, Thestham continued to thrash with her feet and kicked an officer multiple times, causing her pants to rip and torch to break.

She was handcuffed and removed by police.

Thestham pleaded guilty to one count each of assaulting and obstructing police.

Lawyer Peta Vernon said the mother-of two, who is originally from Thailand, didn't make any excuses for her actions and was remorseful.

"She was upset about her family being torn apart," Ms Vernon said.

The court heard Thestham is still living in Airlie Beach with her husband and children.

Magistrate James Morton told Thestham the whole situation could have been avoided.

"They've got to take you away, do you understand? So why put on a show?", Mr Morton said.

"It's an offence that could have had dire consequences but you didn't kick anybody in the wrong places."

Thestham was fined $200 and a conviction was recorded.


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