Mitchell woman attacked police officer as boyfriend dragged away to prison
A 19-YEAR-OLD woman has been sentenced for a slew of offences after multiple run-ins with drugs and tossing a soft drink bottle at a police officer’s head.
Cheristal Faye Ramsey, who is on two probation orders from previous cases, was charged with eight offences in the Mitchell Magistrates Court on August 3.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court that police searched an Ann Street home where they found items relating to a drug offence on January 11.
Three pairs of scissors, a bowl with ‘dry plant residue’ and a bong were found.
“She smokes weed to help with her arthritis, apparently,” Sgt Whiting said.
Ramsey was also charged with assaulting a police officer two weeks later when Mitchell police were searching for the woman’s partner on January 24, to advise him that a term of imprisonment had been issued and arrested him.
“Police allowed her partner to say goodbye to her,” sgt Whiting said.
“After approximately five minutes, the defendant was advised that her time was up and it was time to go.
“At this time the defendant grabbed onto him and wouldn’t let him go.
“The defendant didn’t make any attempt to let go.”
The court heard the partner became aggressive when he was pulled back by police, with the woman throwing a half-empty soft drink bottle at a police officer, hitting him in the head.
Ramsey’s drug use came under the spotlight again when officers uncovered two water pipes and a pair of scissors on April 11, with police also finding used syringes in a pile of clothing as well.
Ramsey told the court that she was diagnosed with arthritis and vasculitis at the age of 13 and has been attending a pharmaceutical rehabilitation service.
Her solicitor Laurie Parker said she’s been residing with her mother at Eagleby for two months and has been off the dangerous drugs since.
“I’ve explained to Cheristal the easiest way to stop coming to court is to, and to her credit she’s done, is to stop using dangerous drugs and more importantly, stop hanging around people who do,” he said.
“I’ve seen a lot of improvement in her.”
Magistrate Peter Saggers said the most serious of Ramsey’s offences was throwing the bottle at the police officer.
“You behaving in that way will set your ex-boyfriend off and the whole thing becomes pretty hard for police,” Magistrate Saggers said.
“And to throw that bottle, you’re fortunate that the police officer hasn’t been hurt.”
Magistrate Saggers said her drug and police offences need to stop, or she could face “other penalties”.
On the charge of contravening a direction or requirement, Ramsey was convicted but not charged further.
She was slapped with probation for two years in relation to all other offences including obstruct police officer, assault police officer, possess utensils or pipes,
“I’m very remorseful,” Ramsey said.
“They can’t be empty words,” Magistrate Saggers warned.
“It will be the last chance that you get.”
“Dig yourself out of the hole, get back on track.”