Nulsen woman, already in prison, fined for disorderly conduct

A Nulsen woman was fined for disorderly behaviour in public after throwing groceries at a checkout operator.

Tylene Jane Dempster, 43, pleaded guilty to the charge in Esperance Courthouse before Magistrate Brionie Ayling via video link from Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison on March 12.

Dempster is serving a seven-month sentence, imposed on February 5, for unrelated matters.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Carolyn Petersen told the court Dempster was in line to pay at Woolworths Esperance on Saturday, December 8 at 11:00am.

A female checkout operator asked to see her bag.

Dempster swore at the operator and said she hadn't stolen anything. The offender then dropped her items on the floor and threw her shoe. 

Dempster bundled up her items and threw them at the operator's chest.

She later told police, "I might have thrown my bag at her, but it was just so she could see my items."

Magistrate Ayling said Dempster had behaved in a way that was "clearly disorderly" and had probably ruined the operator's day.

The magistrate fined Dempster $300 and charged her $205.30 in court costs.