Mum fined for hosing policemen

CONNIE Parker grabbed a garden hose when she saw her son struggling violently as police tried to arrest him.

The two Wodonga oficers wanted to speak to him over his alleged involvement in several serious assaults.

Wodonga Magistrates Court heard yesterday Parker was alerted to the escalating drama when she heard her son screaming from outside the Wodonga house she was inside.

The police prosecutor said Parker came out of the house to see her son fighting with the two officers as they tried to arrest him.

“(Parker) picked up the garden hose from the front yard, turned the water on and started to squirt police,” he said.

Magistrate John Murphy was told how Parker, 39, of Griffith, continued to spray the water as the officers struggled with him on the footpath.

One of the officers tried to stop Parker with his capsicum spray, but the water prevented it from reaching her.

His partner then had to stop trying to restrain Parker’s son to approach her and use his own capsicum spray, but she quickly went back into the house.

The prosecutor said the son spat in the face of one of the police as he was being arrested and had “violently resisted” both officers.

Mr Murphy asked how that was relevant to Parker’s case.

He was told it showed the seriousness of the incident police were having to deal with, which made Parker’s interference even more significant.

Parker — a mother of four who the court heard hoped to move to Sydney to reconcile with her estranged husband — pleaded guilty to hindering police.

Her solicitor said Parker was embarrassed by her actions and “she understands the police have a job to do”.

The officers were not injured, but both were left soaked.

Parker was convicted and fined $750, with $110.40 court costs.

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