A 19-year-old woman threw a glass bottle in the direction of a police officer during a night out in Albany causing it to smash and injure the officer. Taleetha Maree Porteous appeared in Albany Magistrates Court earlier this month pleading guilty to one count of assault public officer. Police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Yuswak told the court the assault happened on Stirling Terrace about 3am on June 27. Porteous was involved in another incident to which police were called to the scene, Sgt Yuswak said. “As the victim approached the accused was holding a glass stubby bottle,” Sgt Yuswak said. “The accused has then thrown the bottle in the direction of the officer, where it hit the ground and smashed. “The bulk of the bottle ricocheted and hit the officer’s left knee.” Sgt Yuswak said the police officer suffered pain and bruising to the knee. Porteous was arrested and on July 1 declined to participate in a police interview. Sgt Yuswak said prosecution opposed a spent conviction submission from her lawyer due to the “serious nature” of the offence. “The bottle used is an aggravating factor,” he said. “Injuries were sustained, it is not at the lower end of the scale.” Defence lawyer Raymond Muir said his client had “lessened her drinking” since the incident. “Another female had assaulted her, she’s walked away towards police,” he said. Through her lawyer, Porteous admitted she threw the bottle in a “reckless manner”. However, Mr Muir said his client claimed “she didn’t see the officer when she threw the bottle”. Mr Muir asked the court to consider a spent conviction due to this being her first offence and her previous good character. Magistrate Kevin Tavener said while Porteous was angry at what had happened prior to the offence it did not excuse her actions. He fined the teen $800 and granted a spent conviction.