“Out of character” police assault

Nikk Leanne May Slater pleaded guilty to the two charges at her first hearing at the Northam Magistrates Court on Monday.
Nikk Leanne May Slater pleaded guilty to the two charges at her first hearing at the Northam Magistrates Court on Monday.

A 23-year-old Northam woman has been give a 10 month community based order after being changed with assaulting a police officer and failing to give police personal details.

Nikk Leanne May Slater pleaded guilty to the two charges at her first hearing at the Northam Magistrates Court on Monday.

On November 4, Ms Slater was picked up on CCTV walking in the middle of Fitzgerald St at 2am.

Police attended the scene to check on the welfare of Ms Slater. 

Ms Slater refused to give police her name and details and tried walking away from the police. 

She was put into a police POD but restrained.

Ms Slater shimmied her way to the front of the pod and kicked the female police officer in the chest leaving a show mark on her uniform. 

She then threw a shoe at the police officer but it was dodged.

Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins said Ms Slater was facing a very serious conviction.

Ms Slater’s lawyer, Sylvia Crombie said her client was intoxicated at the time of the altercation and doesn’t remember it taking place.

Ms Crombie said Ms Slater was extremely remorseful and embarrassed of her actions. 

“Ms Slater’s intention were to start making her way home,” Ms Crombie said.

“She was walking to meet her grandmother at the post office to be picked up.”

Magistrate Hawkins said she accepted that this was out of character for Ms Slater.

“I understand that you have no record and that this seems totally out of character but you’ve got to be punished,” she said.

“I’m going to be merciful on you today.”

Ms Slater was given a 10-month supervised community based order and a $400 fine.