Suspended sentence for knife threat | Court briefs

A Lithgow woman was given a 15-month suspended jail sentence for threatening another woman with a knife. 

Jade Boyd, 34, pleaded guilty to being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence. The court heard she looked through the bedroom window of a couple’s Lithgow home on October 19 last year, held up the 20cm long knife and threatened to slit the woman’s throat. 

Shortly after making the threat, the residents saw a garden hose snaking out of the front yard. The owner saw Boyd carrying the hose into her home, which was nearby. 

According to the police report, she came out onto the street to moon the owner of the property before police arrived. She attempted to run, was arrested and placed in police custody. 

Once in a cell at Lithgow Police Station, Boyd took a handful of toilet paper, dipped them in the toilet and threw it at the CCTV camera multiple times until the view of the cell was obscured. 

On top of her suspended jail term, Boyd was placed on a 15 month good behaviour bond for stealing the hose, fined $330 for behaving in an offensive manner in a public place and another $330 for damaging a police cell. 

Main Street crash

A Portland woman was fined, suspended from driving and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond after crashing into a Telstra signal box and shopfront post on Lithgow’s Main Street. 

Jodi Lee Hunt, 35, was found to be driving with a mid-range blood alcohol level when she lost control while driving over the Cook Street crossing at about 10.40pm on February 4, 2018. 

She returned a blood alcohol level of 0.104. Hunt was fined $440, disqualified from driving for eight months and placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond in Lithgow Local Court on March 8. 

Community service order revoked

A Jamisontown man has been sentenced to two months in jail after his community service order was revoked. 

Brendan Barnes, 27, had been found guilty in Lithgow Local Court on October 12 last year of dishonestly obtaining $666 in accommodation and meals from the Zig Zag Motel in Lithgow. 

He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service but had only completed 44 hours and 59 minutes with the St Vincent de Paul agency when he was sentenced to serve a minimum seven months of a 10 month sentence for mid-range drink driving, with a release date of August 23. His two month jail term will be served concurrently. 

‘You drive'

A suspended Bathurst driver has been fined for employing an unlicenced person to drive him around. 

Lithgow Local Court heard police had pulled over a vehicle in which Anthony James Simmons, 31, had been a passenger multiple times in a period of a few weeks, each time with an unlicenced driver behind the wheel. 

In each case, the driver had been fined. 

Simmons was fined $440 for employing an unlicenced person to drive. 

Drunk driving

A Portland man has been ordered to install an interlock device on his car for 24 months after being found guilty of drunk driving in Lithgow Local Court on March 8.

Trevor Stephen Williams, 46, was charged after police were called to attend an argument at a Portland home. He had driven away when police arrived and when they spoke to him shortly afterwards at his home he was affected by alcohol. 

He has been disqualified from driving for eight months and placed on an 18-month good behaviour bond.