Policewoman allegedly headbutted by female in watchhouse

A 29-YEAR-old woman allegedly headbutted a female police officer as she tried to cut off her bra in the Maryborough watchhouse.

Dishevelled and sporting a black eye, Natasha Effie Blair fronted the Maryborough Magistrates Court on Friday on four charges including serious assault of a police officer and obstructing a police officer.

The court heard an intoxicated Blair was taken to the watchhouse on Thursday afternoon after allegedly causing a public nuisance at the Maryborough Centrelink office.

Defence lawyer Travis George said Blair refused to remove her bra as requested at the watchhouse, prompting the female senior constable to approach her with a pair of scissors to cut the undergarment off.

"She headbutted the officer," he said.

"At the age of 15 she was the victim of a serious assault by a police officer.

"As a result, she cannot handle being touched."

Mr George said Blair sustained a black eye as the senior constable defended herself.

"The officer used closed-hand defence tactics and as you can see the defendant has a black eye."

Mr George applied for bail on behalf of Blair, who suffered schizophrenia, but that was refused by Magistrate John Smith.

He said he was concerned by Blair's criminal history which included a "substantial" number of convictions for violence and breaching court orders.

The court heard Blair had been drinking for four days straight before being arrested on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, she allegedly ignored an order to leave the Maryborough Courthouse where her cousin was appearing on unrelated criminal charges.

Mr George said the Maryborough mental health unit was working with Blair and he was going to investigate whether she had the capacity to face charges in a criminal court.
 



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