A WARRNAMBOOL woman who admitted bashing a policewoman at the weekend was yesterday released from custody so she could prepare to enter a detoxification program.
Peta Plowright, 32, of Wickham Court, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to assault police, recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, being drunk, breaching an intervention order and possessing a controlled weapon.
Magistrate Ron Saines said the offences involved serious violence against a police officer.
Police alleged that last Saturday night police officers were called to a Wickham Court home in relation to a domestic dispute. Officers found that Plowright and her partner were both intoxicated and they were arrested.
During the course of the arrest it is alleged Plowright assaulted a policewoman, who suffered a blood nose and scratches to her face.
She was released on bail and her partner was granted an intervention order in court on Monday.
Police alleged that when they attended another incident at the home on Tuesday night they heard Plowright yelling obscenities at her partner, which breached the intervention order.
They also found an illegal crossbow in the home.
They gained information from Plowright’s partner and her 15-year-old daughter. Plowright was arrested and held in custody. On Wednesday, Mr Saines refused Plowright bail after he found she was found to be an unacceptable risk of reoffending.
He said there was nothing the court could do to stop either from resuming their relationship or to prevent them from consuming alcohol and fighting.
In sentencing yesterday, Mr Saines said Plowright had been assessed as suitable for a community corrections order.
The magistrate said he would release Plowright from custody so she could be ready to take her place in the program as had been recommended.
Plowright was convicted, sentenced to three months’ imprisonment which was suspended for 12 months and placed on a 12-month CCO to complete 60 hours’ community work.