Daughter, mum front court
LIFE'S milestones are often shared with family but a mother and daughter took their bond to a criminal level during their appearances at the Warwick Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
While Rebecca Margaret Lesley Thompson was observed fighting another woman by police near Leslie Park her mother Margaret Evelyn Campbell was charged with urinating in a public place during the early hours of May 8, the court heard.
The police prosecutor said the 21-year-old pleaded guilty to committing public nuisance after she was seen intoxicated, throwing punches and yelling abuse.
The prosecutor said police drove Thompson home after the incident but, across the road, in Supa IGA's garden, her mother was squatting “clearly visible”.
The pair's defence counsel said Campbell, 41, was told her daughter had been given a bit of lip at a popular Warwick drinking establishment where they started their night together and left in pursuit of her aggravated daughter.
“It was cold, she has a weak bladder, she's had four children and she was busting,” the defence said.
“It was an emergency... she got into the night air and a few hundred metres up the road was her daughter.”
Magistrate Anne Thacker advised Thompson to stay home “if you can't behave when drunk” and empathised with Campbell who was “caught short”.
“You should know better at your age... (urinating in public) is a health issue for the whole community,” Magistrate Thacker said.
Mother and daughter bonded over the court appearance because both had no criminal history.
Thompson was fined $350 and Campbell was fined $200 placed on good behaviour for six months with no convictions recorded.