Woman's beef with man led to Criterion lockdown

A WOMAN who caused the Criterion Hotel to go in to lockdown over gun fears has walked from court.

Terri-Ann McPherson appeared alone in Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday, facing an affray charge for the dramatic scenes she caused earlier this year.

The court heard that on the night of the lockdown, a friend of McPherson's allegedly took off his shirt while in the Criterion Hotel and began screaming and punching his hand into the air.

McPherson's affray charge stemmed from her encouraging her friend by yelling "get the gun out of the car" and "there's a bullet coming your way".

The court heard McPherson and two others left just after 7pm and stopped a car on Palmerin St, banging on its window and yelling, "where is he?".

A short time later the pair were pulled over by police in Palmerin St where police 36-year-old McPherson was "grossly intoxicated".

McPherson's lawyer Kevin Rose told Magistrate Bevan Manthey her client was affected by a strong painkiller when she acted out.

"What? In a brown bottle?" Mr Manthey asked.

Mr Rose stuck to his submission his client did not deserve jail, saying it had been years since McPherson had faced a court, and she was suffering depression and stress.

"She accepts the offences," Mr Rose said.

Mr Manthey pressed for an explanation as to what compelled McPherson to demand her friend "get the gun".

Mr Rose said it stemmed from a dispute with the man who was on the receiving end of the threats.

"Terri's got some background with Keegan Hooper," he said, referring to the man who was involved in the altercation with McPherson.

"They say he is the instigator," Mr Rose said.

"It's all to do with Keegan Hooper having an issue with (McPherson's) friend."

Mr Manthey said when people took the law "into their own hands", it usually ended badly and came with a jail sentence.

"There's definitely some issues here," he said.

"(As a result of McPherson's actions) everyone was scared s***less and they shut the pub down."

McPherson was sentenced to 12 months probation.


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