Vandal goes from laughter to launching a tirade of abuse

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Albany Justice Complex.
Camera IconAlbany Justice Complex. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

A vandal went from laughter to launching a tirade of foul-mouthed abuse after learning her fate in the Albany Magistrate’s Court last Thursday.

Susan Norma Healy could not contain her amusement while police prosecutors read out her charge for criminal damage or destruction of property, which she admitted.

The court was told Healy had gone to complain to police about being handed a move-on notice outside of Studio 146 at 2am on July 21.

Healy, 48, had told the officers who issued the move-on notice she would lodge a complaint about the order.

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After walking to the Albany Police Station from the Stirling Terrace nightclub, Healy started ripping up plants from two flower beds outside the station before throwing them at the building’s windows and into the station’s fenced-off external complex.

Healy also picked up a commemorative rock plaque for fallen officers and threw it at an external gate, punched an intercom camera several times, and kicked her way into the station’s “airlock”, where she cracked a glass panel of an internal sliding door.

When asked by Magistrate Raelene Johnston if she understood the offence, Healy laughed, telling the court “I was just p...ed”.

Ms Johnston told Healy she was old enough to know better, fining her $1000 and ordering her to pay $225 in court costs.

Healy then started abusing Ms Johnston, calling the magistrate a b.... and a f...head.

Healy is set to face Ms Johnston again next Friday charged with seven counts of stealing. She has yet to enter pleas for those charges.

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