Mother’s ‘grossly offensive’ act almost ends in jail

A MOTHER of seven has been threatened with actual jail time after a drunken incident during which she used offensive language toward police.

Police called to a Victory St, Newtown, address on the report of loud shouting coming from the residence on March 5 arrived to find an obviously drunk Sheree Fay Duncan drooling from the mouth, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

She told police she had been fighting with her brother and sister inside the home, police prosecutor Natalie Bugden said.

Taken to the watch house, Duncan had gone to sleep in the rear of the police vehicle and had become agitated when woken, calling officers "white *****" and "dirty white dogs", Senior Constable Bugden said.

She had also spat on the watch house floor.

Snr Const. Bugden told the court Duncan had been handed a two-month suspended jail sentence last year for similar offending and she had two previous probation orders for such offending.

Duncan pleaded guilty to public nuisance and obstructing police.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said Duncan's behaviour toward the police officers was "grossly offensive".

"This behaviour from a mother of seven is simply not acceptable," he told her.

Duncan was sentenced to four months in jail but released on parole immediately.


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