A Dalby mother has faced Dalby District Court
A Dalby mother has faced Dalby District Court

Dalby mum avoids jail for attacking cop and paramedic

A DALBY mother-of-seven couldn’t reach for the tissues quick enough as she sat in the dock, at the Dalby District Court.

On Thursday morning Crown prosecutor Farook Anoozer told the court that on September 28, 2019, Dalby police were called to a home after paramedics were unable to assess Donella Maree Cubby after she had fallen while intoxicated.

“QAS were first called to the address after they had received a call about an intoxicated woman who had a significant fall,” Mr Anoozer said.

“When police arrived to the address the defendant was being restrained by her niece and was screaming ‘make me slut’”.

“Police and paramedics were trying to sedate the defendant and had her pinned on a bed where she continued to struggle and kicked the police officer in the temple with her foot.

“The defendant had also managed to get out of the paramedics grip, by scratching his forearm ultimately breaking skin.”

Defence lawyer Frank Martin told the court the 44-year-old suffered from a serious loss at the age of 17 which has then triggered violent behaviour throughout the course of her life.

“Since losing her brother, the defendant has had pockets of questionable behaviour,” Mr Martin said.

“She is a well educated woman who completed her Year 12 studies and attended university to for indigenous studies.

“However, when she does get around her extended family she does turn to drinking, acknowledging she is an alcoholic and has ultimately resulted in her being homeless.”

Judge Dennis Lynch acknowledged gaps of good behaviour from Cubby but said that no amount of alcohol should result in assault.

“It’s up to you to control your behaviour,” he said.

“These people were only trying to help you, they need to be protected.”

Cubby pleaded guilty to two counts of serious bodily harm, one causing injury.

She was sentenced to 12 months in jail but released immediately on parole.


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