An angry neighbour stabbed a basketball with a knife after she was woken by the sound of children playing with the ball outside her home. Belinda Anne Fox, 38, appeared in Albany Magistrates Court last Thursday pleading guilty to being armed in a way that may cause fear. Police prosecutor Sergeant Alan Dean told the court Fox was at her home in a Lockyer unit complex about 9.30am on November 12 when she was disturbed by children playing with a basketball. Children aged seven, eight and 10 were playing outside their grandmother’s house opposite Fox’s unit. “The accused had an objection with the noise, she went outside and told the children to go play at the park across the road,” Sgt Dean said. The kids went inside and told their 60-year-old grandmother who then came out and bounced the ball for about two minutes. Fox grabbed a 20cm knife and approached the victim, holding the weapon by her side, Sgt Dean said. The victim told Fox to “get the f... off my property” before screaming and pushing the accused away. Fox then walked over and “popped” the ball on the ground with the knife. The children and other neighbours witnessed the altercation. Police were called and spoke to the accused but she declined an interview. Defence lawyer Raymond Muir said his client was woken up by the sound of the ball bouncing. Mr Muir asked the court to consider placing Fox on a good behaviour bond as punishment and granting her a spent conviction. Sgt Dean said although no direct threats were made towards the victim, coming out of the house with a knife would have been perceived as threatening. “It was a poor decision and a serious offence,” Sgt Dean said. Magistrate Dianne Scaddan said while Fox might not have intended to appear threatening, someone in that situation “has no idea what might happen when there is a weapon in a confrontational position”. Ms Scaddan acknowledged that the 60-year-old victim should have acted with more maturity. Fox was fined $1000 and granted a spent conviction.