Kerri Moore

Mother jailed for spitting on police walks early

A 19-YEAR-OLD mother jailed for spitting on a police officer has had her sentence slashed.

The Queensland Court of Appeal found Kerry Anne Murray's term to be "manifestly excessive" and cut it so she could be released immediately.

Murray pleaded guilty in the Warwick District Court in July to spitting on a police officer in December last year.

She was drunk and upset after an argument at her mother-in-law's Warwick address when the police were called.

Murray verbally abused two officers and after being warned about her behaviour she was detained over a different matter.

She attempted to pull away from the officers and was handcuffed and put in the back of a police car.

When they reached the Warwick watch house charging area, an officer asked her to take a seat.

Murray refused and the officer took hold of her arms to manoeuvre her into the seat when she spat at him.

The saliva went into the officer's eyes and mouth.

In the judgment handed down on Tuesday, Justice Hugh Fraser wrote although Murray was given a 15-month head sentence, it should have been nine.

But he dismissed the argument the Warwick judge did not take her young motherhood into account when sentencing her.

Justice Fraser said Murray's time in prison, nearly three months, was sufficient and fixed the parole release date as yesterday.

- APN NEWSDESK



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