Warwick to play watchdog role

THE eyes and ears of the Warwick community will ensure public outbursts from Belinda Lee Close will not happen again – or else the mum-of-seven will face jail time, Warwick Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

The 35-year-old Warwick resident pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching a domestic violence order and remained stony-faced as police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve de Lissa read out the details of the incident.

The court heard Close breached her order when she yelled profanities at the complainant on Palmerin Street last month.

She had one-and-a-half pages of previous history.

Defence lawyer Dan Habermann said his client had drafted a letter of apology to the complainant and had been advised to place it on her fridge as a reminder.

He also pointed out Close had not used physical violence to break the domestic violence order, but presiding Magistrate Anne Thacker said that did not matter.

“You're just disrupting the rest of the community, which is having to put up with bad behaviour. It has to stop,” Magistrate Thacker said.

“The community is not going to tolerate it – you're going to be supervised (by them).

“You've already taken up an enormous amount of court time, police time and Mr Habermann's time.”

Close was given “a last chance”, and sentenced to a total month of three-month's imprisonment, with an immediate parole date.


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