Toni Crewes fronted Bowen Magistrates Court.
Toni Crewes fronted Bowen Magistrates Court.

Grandma flicks lit ciggie at cop in Prossie pub carpark

A magistrate has scolded a Bloomsbury grandmother after she tried to hit a Proserpine pub manager with a bar stool, then flicked a lit cigarette at a cop.

Bowen Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how police were called to the Prince of Wales Hotel in August after reports Toni Crewes was acting threateningly towards patrons.

Police prosecutor Acting Senior Sergeant Jay Merchant told the court the manager asked Crewes to leave but she refused.

Crewes eventually left but a short while later she returned and when she was again told to leave, she picked up a bar stool and tried to hit the manager with it.

Sen-Sgt Merchant said when police arrived, Crewes was found in the car park behind the pub with alcohol in a brown paper bag.

 

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The 47-year-old woman was arrested and police asked her to put out her cigarette, but she instead threw the lit smoke in an officer's face.

Sen-Sgt Merchant said Crewes then failed to turn up to court in September.

The court heard she flailed around when being searched at the watch-house, so more officers were needed to help restrain her.

She was released on bail and then failed to appear in court again in December.

Crewes pleaded guilty to multiple charges in court on Tuesday including assaulting police, obstructing police, public nuisance and failing to appear in court.

Lawyer Peta Vernon, acting for Crewes, said the grandmother went to the pub that night for a birthday celebration and things got out of hand.

A Bloomsbury woman tried to hit a Proserpine pub manager with a bar stool. Photo: File
A Bloomsbury woman tried to hit a Proserpine pub manager with a bar stool. Photo: File

"She's extremely remorseful for flicking the cigarette at the officer and obviously accepts and understands it's totally inappropriate behaviour," Ms Vernon said.

Ms Vernon said Crewes was currently unemployed but had run her own photography and civil construction businesses in the past. She had also worked as an assistant in nursing.

The court heard she had a criminal history with similar offences so Ms Vernon said a term of prison was in range, but it could be suspended.

Magistrate James Morton told Crewes he would expect a 47-year-old mother and grandmother to behave more respectfully.

"You flicked a lit cigarette into the face of a police officer doing their job," he said.

"It's disgraceful, it's degrading and it's dangerous.

"They get paid little to do their job and they've got to put up with people like you."

 

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Crewes had already spent three days in police custody before learning her fate and was sentenced to a total of five months' jail.

The jail term was immediately suspended for 18 months.

Crewes was also banned from the Prince of Wales Hotel until January 18 next year, ordered to complete 80 hours' community service and fined $1334.


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