Woman free after police attack
AN IPSWICH woman convicted of her sixth attack on police officers has walked free from court.
Nathania Masso, 27, was in the Ipswich CBD on February 4 when police tried to arrest her 16-year-old friend for creating a public nuisance.
Masso intervened and became verbally abusive to a police before they tried to arrest her too.
As she was being handcuffed on the ground, an officer thought she was going to bite him so he temporarily let go. Masso kicked and struck a young female constable in the stomach.
Police prosecutor Constable David Thiel told Ipswich Magistrates Court Masso wasn't a stranger to assaulting police.
Despite her nine pages of criminal history, and multiple attacks on police, Masso has never been sentenced to prison time.
Masso had three convictions for seriously assaulting police, two for assaulting police, one common assault and public nuisance.
"Various opportunities have been given to her, but when dealing with police, she just can't control herself," Const Thiel said.
Defence lawyer Trevor Hoskin said Masso had matured in recent years and had spent all of 2011 out of trouble.
He said Masso was considered an "aunty" by younger friends and was trying to protect the juvenile being arrested.
He said Masso was incredibly remorseful and was willing to pay $200 compensation to the officer.
Masso pleaded guilty to serious assault on police, obstructing police and public nuisance. She was sentenced to three months prison with immediate parole.
Police Union president Ian Leavers said anyone who seriously assaulted an officer, especially repeatedly, should be jailed.
"They need to spend some time behind bars to think about what they've done, and hopefully cease from doing it on their release," Mr Leavers said.