Roma teen’s vicious attack on cop who was helping her
A prosecutor pleaded with a magistrate to send 19-year-old Roma woman Myanna Rose Lake to jail as a court heard she struck a police officer in the mouth and caused significant amounts of bleeding just weeks after she left local security guards covered in bitemarks and bruises.
Lake appeared in the Roma Magistrates Court on December 17, 2020 and pleaded guilty to six offences, with the most serious occurring on September 13, 2020 when she punched an officer in the mouth after he was trying to assist her into an ambulance.
Police prosecutor sergeant David Longhurst told the court it’s paramount officers are not assaulted while performing their duties.
“Ultimately police attended an address and the defendant was making a scene, she fell over and police go to help her to take her to the ambulance, she then strikes the officer in the face,” sergeant Longhurst said.
“Police have a hard-enough job as it is, to then be assaulted is concerning to the court.”
The prosecutor insisted a fine would not be an appropriate punishment, reminding Magistrate Peter Saggers that five weeks prior Lake was ordered to serve 150 hours of community service after she lashed out at an officer while she was placed under arrest.
And on July 18, 2020, Lake repeatedly hit a security guard before they fell to the ground and she bit him on the torso multiple times.
“The personal deterrence attached to that, only five weeks before this offence, when she had community service in place … it did not have the affect needed,” sergeant Longhurst said.
“Imprisonment is the appropriate sentencing arranged, a short period of two to three months, wholly suspended, may have the deterrence to stop committing offences while intoxicated and to stop assaults occurring when police are only doing their job.”
The court heard Lake damaged a school window when she was 15-years-of-age and only until August last year, when police matched her to the scene with DNA she was charged.
The defendant pleaded guilty to a wilful damage offence, public nuisance, two counts of obstructing a police officer, serious assault of police officer and failing to comply with a noise abatement direction.
Lake’s defence lawyer, Laurie Parker said his client suffered a traumatic event years ago, has PTSD from those conditions and uses alcohol as a coping mechanism.
“To her credit, she isn’t drinking at the moment and has been going to counselling and taking medication,” Mr Parker said.
Magistrate Saggers told Lake that she has two choices in life – she can go through the cycle and drink, take drugs, offend, go to jail, get clean for a while, offend and get caught up in that cycle or she can see her doctor and deal with the issues.
“You have some significant issues in your life you have to deal with,” he said.
“You have to deal with it, that’s a responsibility to yourself.
“And it gives me some confidence that you are doing something about it otherwise your life will be an unhappy one.”
For the wilful damage offence, Lake was fined $250 with the conviction recorded.
For the serious assault of a police officer, she was given three months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and ordered to pay $1000 compensation to the officer.
She was resentenced for her public nuisance and two counts of obstructing police and was given a $750 fine and the conviction was recorded.
Lake must also complete 100 hours of community service.