Night behind bars for not taking lollies from shirt

A SUSPECTED drug dealer shoved something down a Warwick woman's shirt, and it caused her to spend a night in the watchhouse.

On December 12, 2013, a self-confessed "boozy" Tehan Brooke Richter-Cross refused to talk to police outside the Horse and Jockey Hotel Motel.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan said police were called to the premises around 9.30pm after a man allegedly tried to sell drugs to a barmaid.

"When police arrived they were pointed in the direction of a group of people," he said.

"It was loud and police asked the man to talk to them outside.

"As he was walking out he shoved something down Miss Richter-Cross's top and police asked her to join them outside as well."

Sgt Wiggan said Richter-Cross had refused to follow police instructions and threw herself on the floor, which meant police had to carry her outside the pub.

After failing to reveal the item in the front of her shirt Richter-Cross was handcuffed and taken back to the watchhouse.

A short time after being locked up Richter-Cross took the item from in her top, which turned out to be a packet of lollies.

The prosecutor said he understood that it was loud inside the pub, which meant Richter-Cross might not have been able to hear their instructions clearly; however, she still should have taken the item from in her shirt.

The court also heard she had no affiliation with the suspected drug dealer.

In defence Richter-Cross said she had no idea anything was in her shirt.

"I knew there was talk of drugs, but I had no idea what had taken place," she told Magistrate Graham Lee.

"I didn't know anything had been put down my shirt.

"I was pretty boozy.

"I just want to move on with my life and, with a heavy heart, I plead guilty."

She was fined $200 with no conviction recorded.



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