Woman hit cop with broom handle


BARBARA Lee Oram was so angry, she blacked out and couldn't remember hitting a police officer over the head with a broom handle.

Oram narrowly escaped jail time this week after the December 21 attack, which left the officer with a grazed forehead and a $800 medical bill.

The 29-year-old woman appeared in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court this week, where she pleaded guilty to charges of serious assault of a police officer and using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

The court heard police were called to a disturbance in Mount Morgan on December 21, and when they arrived, Oram was clearly drunk and became aggressive.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said Oram went into her home and came outside carrying a length of timber, which looked like a broom handle, and threatened police.

Sgt Aboud said Oram ignored police attempts to get her to put the broom handle down.

Instead she swung it at an officer, hitting him on the top of his head.

Oram was arrested, and when later questioned by police, she said she could not recall what had happened because when she was angry, she often blacked out.

The officer was taken to hospital for treatment and sought compensation for his injuries.

Meanwhile, on June 21, it was reported to police that Oram had sent numerous threatening text and Facebook messages to another woman, who said she feared for her safety and that of her children.

The victim told police she had changed addresses out of fear.

Sgt Aboud said Oram made admissions to police that she only intended to intimidate the woman, who was involved in a relationship with her former partner.

Defence lawyer Anthony DeFraine said Oram understood she shouldn't have sent the text messages and was remorseful and ashamed.

Her previous criminal history included charges of assaulting and obstructing police from 2009.

Magistrate Annette Hennessy raised concerns about Oram's claim that she couldn't remember anything when she was angry.

Oram was convicted and put on 12 months probation and ordered to pay $800 compensation to the officer.

She was also fined $750.

Topics:  police rockhampton magistrates court

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