Cop biter Mad Maddie scratches officer's face

CONVICTED cop biter Madeleine Joan Manthey struck again when in a tempestuous outburst fuelled by booze she scratched the face of a police officer.

The ugly incident took place at the Gladstone Courthouse.

Manthey, 21, is also charged over stealing petrol on Christmas Day in two service station drive-offs.

As she faces a likely jail sentence for her offending it will be an anxious few days for Manthey while magistrate Richard Lehmann considers medical and other documents put before the court by her lawyer.

"She dug her fingernails in causing a 3cm scratch to the constable's face," prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said in court.

"And she has a prior conviction for biting an officer in her very recent criminal history."

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Madeleine Manthey, 21, at Gladstone Courthouse. She pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer by scratching his face and stealing petrol. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Madeleine Manthey, 21, at Gladstone Courthouse. She pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer by scratching his face and stealing petrol. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

In the latest incident Sgt Stevens said another constable received a graze to his arm as result of the struggle with Manthey.

Sgt Stevens said although there was no fluid transfer an aggravating feature of Manthey's assault on the officer was her prior sentence of a jail term in 2014 for biting a police officer.

In his submission Sgt Stevens argued that a jail term was warranted to act as deterrence to someone causing an injury to a police officer, saying a term of imprisonment to be served of between four to six months would be appropriate.

Manthey pleaded guilty to serious assault of the officer on January 18; committing public nuisance outside the courthouse; two counts of stealing petrol at Agnes Water and Calliope on December 25 last year; possession of drug utensils (pipes and bong); and failing to take reasonable care of syringes/needles on January 14.

Police facts state Manthey and a man were in a black Holden Commodore ute on Christmas Day and filled up with petrol at the two service stations then did the drive-offs, leaving unpaid fuel bills of $61 and $42.

At 1.25pm on January 18 at the Gladstone Courthouse police were called because of a woman screaming profanities at two males, "You f***ing dog **nts, you're f***ing dead".

"What are those f***ing **nts looking at, I haven't even had my shots yet".

When Manthey, who was smoking a cigarette was placed under arrest police say she held out the lit cigarette and tried to burn a police constable with it.

She struggled and kicked backwards, her foot striking a constable in the right leg and hit another officer in the face with an open hand then used her fingernails to scratch him in the face.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Manthey was waiting in the Courthouse foyer that day when she was antagonised by another person and the police got involved.

"She reacted out of frustration. She shouldn't have," he said.

"It's up to her what type of life she leads. If she keeps disobeying the law she knows what will happen to her."

Mr Pepito tendered documents about his client's health, saying one report details her anger and moods which needs to be addressed.

Manthey will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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