Too much drink leads to jail risk

A MILDURA woman has been warned that her “erratic and dangerous” drunken behaviour in the Mildura CBD could land her in jail.

Kiela Banks pleaded guilty to five charges before Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday, including wilful damage, assaulting police, recklessly causing injury and being drunk and disorderly.

The court heard in October last year Banks went to Mildura police station about 3am after a night of drinking and asked for help.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Matt Pardon said the 26-year-old appeared dishevelled and was slurring her words.

When left alone in an interview room she vomited and urinated on an office chair before smashing a keyboard.

She was taken into custody and when interviewed later said she had no recollection of the incident.

In December, Banks had drinks with a friend before going to Dom’s Nightclub and then heading for a late-night souvlaki.

While at the Souvlaki Inn the pair got into an argument and her friend left.

Banks caught up with the woman near the corner of Eighth Street and Deakin Avenue, where they shoved each other and Banks then pushed the victim to the ground, sat on her and punched her in the face, splitting her eyebrow open.

Nearby police saw the incident and used capsicum spray to try to break up the fight before calling in extra police.

While police attempted to arrest her, Banks hit a female police officer and was highly aggressive.

In a later interview, Banks said she could not remember the night.

Her counsel Peter Delorenzo said she had since given up alcohol and begun counselling.

Magistrate Gerard Lethbridge said Banks’ behaviour was highly concerning given the offending happened in a public place and was alcohol-fuelled.

“For young people who go out and get absolutely smashed and commit violence, it can have catastrophic consequences for the victim and the accused when they end up in jail,” he said.

Mr Lethbridge placed Banks on a 12-month community corrections order to do 120 hours of community work, which could include 40 hours of treatment for alcohol abuse. 

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