Magistrate fumes after woman tries to escape court
A fuming magistrate has blasted security officers for taking "too long" to respond after a violent woman almost escaped from the dock.
The woman, appearing in the Brisbane Magistrates' Court on a string of trespass charges, flew into a rage when magistrate Suzette Coates remanded her behind bars while hearing her application for bail.
The woman started violently kicking and punching the dock's paneling, calling the magistrate a "stupid b----" and "c---".
The watch house officer in the court room at the time threw himself at the dock’s door, trying to stop the woman kicking it wide open as it began buckling.
The magistrate also pressed the emergency button at the bench, but was scathing of the time it took court security to respond.
She told the two officers she didn't know what "emergency" they were responding to.
"She could have escaped," she said.
"Accelerate the pace (next time)."
She also took a swipe at the security of the docks, saying they were "incredibly flimsy" and a "false premise".
"It's the first time I've pushed the (emergency) button," she said.
The woman, who was remanded in custody to undergo a mental health assessment, is likely to face a further charge of willful damage.