Julia Simone Leembruggen faced Mackay Magistrates Court for public nuisance, after hiding in bushes and scaring kids participating in a charity bike ride.
Julia Simone Leembruggen faced Mackay Magistrates Court for public nuisance, after hiding in bushes and scaring kids participating in a charity bike ride. Luke Mortimer

Drunk mum in mask leaps from bushes to scare kids

A SEAFORTH mum who leapt out of bushes wearing a mask to scare school kids taking part in a charity bike ride has landed in a Mackay court.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson didn't find Julia Simone Leembruggen's drunken antics amusing, giving her a dressing down for the May 21 incident.

Leembruggen, 44, faced Ms Wilson in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday unrepresented by a lawyer and pleading guilty to public nuisance.

She had no prior convictions of a similar nature.

Prosecutor Anna Ellis said Mercy College Bikeathon was being held on May 21, heading along Paradise Street, South Mackay.

Police in attendance, who were helping out the school, spotted Leembruggen about 10am on the day.

"They observed the defendant to be behaving erratically by swaying her arms about and yelling at an officer," Ms Ellis said.

"Police questioned the defendant who admitted to drinking copious amounts of alcohol that morning as she was celebrating a friend's birthday."

Leembruggen also admitted to "placing a mask on and scaring some participants from the school bike ride by hiding behind a bush and jumping out into oncoming bicycle traffic", Ms Ellis said.

Police noticed Leembruggen smelt strongly of liquor, that her eyes were bloodshot and she was slurring her words.

Ms Ellis said Leembruggen swore at officers when they questioned her, calling them "f**king c**t" and repeatedly telling them to "f**k off".

During her sentencing remarks, Ms Wilson said she was "not quite sure what a 44-year-old woman gets out of scaring children".

"It is absolutely unacceptable. A woman who is supposed to be setting an example in the community," she said.

"It's always funny when it's someone else's children ... "

However, Ms Wilson took into account Leembruggen's early guilty plea and lack of relevant criminal history.

She fined Leembruggen $750 and a conviction was recorded.



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