Woman's 'joke' to blow up gas plant backfires
ANGELA Pershouse is a Gladstone personality we often bump into on our streets. With her smoking habit the good-natured young woman frequently tries her luck to get a cigarette, or even two.
However, the pensioner with an intellectual disability made a serious mistake when in a moment of anger she threatened on Facebook to blow up a Gladstone facility. She was charged with using a carriage service to make a hoax threat.
Appearing before Gladstone Magistrates Court, police prosecutor Sgt Kerry Allison said Pershouse used the internet on February 9 to communicate the false belief that an explosive would be left at a business.
"At 11.10am she put on her Facebook account page 'Going to blow up gas plan (t) tomorrow so everyone going to die in Gladstone and Tannum'," Sgt Allison said.
She told police she did it as a joke because she was upset with people.
"It was nothing more than an idle threat. A search found nothing, she had no ability (to do it)," he said.
Pershouse, 24, pleaded guilty before magistrate Jeffrey Clarke, her lawyer Jun Pepito saying she had been sentenced in court for lighting a fire and people made Facebook comments about her.
"She instructs she was very upset that day," he said.
Mr Pepito said she was unable to do probation because of injuries that will take 12 weeks to recover but Mr Clarke said staff could visit.
"Miss Pershouse, I appreciate you have some difficulties and been in trouble in the past but it's not the right way to go about it by putting things on Facebook and make a threat," Mr Clarke said.
"I appreciate you had no intention of carrying it out and you were letting off steam."
She was sentenced to six months supervised probation and put on $300 own recognizance to be of good behaviour for nine months.
Pershouse pleaded guilty in September to stealing from a hotel patron on June 24 when she snatched a $50 note from a woman playing a pokie machine and ran off. She also pleaded guilty to begging for money.
In February the court was told Pershouse was feeling "pissed off" when she caused a fire by throwing her cigarette into grass at Toolooa which spread through a paddock off Dalrymple Drive. She pleaded guilty to lighting an unauthorised fire with no permit.