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Injured woman threatened paramedics with machete

WHILE two paramedics waited for Jodie Maree Lawson to gather her belongings for transport to hospital, she drew a machete from her bedroom.

Crown prosecutor Ron Swanwick told the District Court in Mackay that the Queensland Ambulance staffers had been called to Lawson's home in South Mackay on May 27 last year to attend to a cut on her foot.

The paramedics suggested taking 44-year-old Lawson to hospital, and advised her to collect her Medicare card and belongings.

Mr Swanwick said that while waiting, the paramedics "heard a noise like a knife being removed from a sheath".

He said Lawson walked out of her bedroom holding a machete with a long blade.

"She was only about one metre away from them, she held the machete at about head height to the two complainants," Mr Swanwick said.

"She swatted it around in front of their faces in an aggressive manner, and said 'look what I've got to show you'."

Mr Swanwick said throughout the visit Lawson's behaviour suggested she was "intoxicated and was being manipulative".

Defence barrister Scott McLennan said Lawson had bipolar disorder.

He told the court that in 2009 Lawson had been involved in a car crash that had left her unable to walk without a stick.

Judge Julie Dick told the court she took into consideration Lawson's mental illness and physical disability.

"Courts should be about sending criminals to court, not mentally ill people," she said.

Judge Dick said she had "every sympathy" for the ambulance officers.

"If all things were equal, for an offence like this you would receive a short term of imprisonment," she said.

Lawson received three months jail, but the sentence was suspended.

Topics:  court emergency service mackay mackay district court paramedics


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