A woman once labelled “obese” who fell on a police officer dislocating his ankle during a scuffle, has bizarrely asked for more time in jail so she can finish a personal training course – at a cost of around $9000 to taxpayers.
Kim Newton, 45, resisted arrest when two police officers went to her Arundel home on January 13 last year to investigate a noise complaint.
When the officers arrived they observed drug use and attempted to arrest Newton and her 16-year-old daughter.
While resisting arrest Newton fell on the senior constable’s leg, causing him to fall to the ground and dislocate his right ankle.
Newton was still on top of the police officer when her daughter allegedly struck him in the face with the handcuffs she had on, splitting his lip.
At the time, police said Newton was “rather large” and “obese” when describing the incident.
In the Southport District Court yesterday she pleaded guilty to a string of charges, including grievous bodily harm, serious assault, contravene direction and obstruct police.
Judge Clive Wall guessed that barrister David Funch would argue that she had done enough time after serving 553 days behind bars.
“I take it that will be your submission,” he asked.
But Mr Funch asked if she could serve another month.
Queensland Corrective Services figures show it costs $301 a day to keep a person in jail.
“The reason for my bizarre submission that she should do another month is not because she hasn’t done enough time but because she’s asked me if she can stay in jail to complete a course,” he said.
“She’s made a big difference in prison doing as many courses as she can – she’s completed a horticulture course and she’s almost completed a certificate 3 in personal training.
“She’s inquired about taking that on as a future career, so she really does seem motivated to try to turn her life around to the extent that she actually wants to serve more time in prison.”
Mr Funch said the cause of the injury in the “unlucky” incident was recklessness rather than intention.
Crown prosecutor Emma Brackin said Newton fell with her “full body weight” on to the policeman’s leg which dislocated his right ankle and caused three fractures to his lower leg.
Ms Brackin said the senior constable had multiple surgeries, including an emergency surgery after he developed potentially life-threatening compartment syndrome.
“He has been left with what’s described as significant scars on his right ankle and lower leg,” she said.
“He has also decreased range of motion and decreased strength in his right ankle.”
She said in a victim impact statement the injuries continued to affect his role as a police officer.
Mr Wall said he took into account that the injury wasn’t intentional but said the police officer continued to suffer as a result.
He sentenced Newton to four years in jail, to be suspended after 19 and a half months, which will allow her to finish her course.