COURT: Sonia Lee Barbour, 47, fronted Roma Magistrates Court on September 26, facing four charges including obstructing a police officer and possessing property suspected of having been used in commission of a drug offence.
COURT: Sonia Lee Barbour, 47, fronted Roma Magistrates Court on September 26, facing four charges including obstructing a police officer and possessing property suspected of having been used in commission of a drug offence. MaxPixel

Grandma faces court after abusing police officers

A GRANDMOTHER had to be handcuffed by police after she became abusive to officers while a search warrant was being conducted in her residence.

Sonia Lee Barbour, 47, fronted Roma Magistrates Court on September 26, facing four charges including obstructing a police officer and possessing property suspected of having been used in commission of a drug offence.

Prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting told the court a search warrant was executed in Barbour's residence on July 22 at 7.30am, where she asked the detective if she was able to use the bathroom.

When the detective asked her to use the bathroom they had already cleared, the court heard Barbour then became abusive and said to the officer "don't treat me like a f---ing idiot".

She then brushed past him in attempt to get to the ensuite in the bathroom and when the officer tried to stop her, she swung an arm at the detective and told her to "f--- off", where she was then restrained and handcuffed.

The search revealed a used syringe, glass pipe, digital scales and a small bowl of marijuana.

The defendant's lawyer told the court she had a rough couple of years, using drugs to mask the pain.

The court also heard she wanted to go to the ensuite bathroom to wash her face and had been simply raising her arms to rub her eyes and police had misconstrued it as an aggressive action.

The defendant's lawyer said Barbour had apologised to the officer and has been seeing a counsellor and been drug free since July.

"It's good you apologised and I can see you've had a very tough couple of years so I'm only going to fine you," Magistrate Blanch said.

He fined her $1500, with convictions recorded.