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Woman who attacked Hobart Supreme Court prosecutor has PTSD, court told

Updated December 14, 2015 17:21:11

A Supreme Court judge due to sentence a lady for attacking a prosecutor in court has been asked to consider that she has post traumatic anxiety disorder (PTSD).

Rachael Vanessa Bradford, 42, pleaded guilty to contempt of court soon after striking the prosecutor on the head and back and pulling her hair.

The attack happened when the Court of Criminal Appeal added at least a year to the terms of three armed robbers, a single of whom was Bradford’s son, on November 4.

Defence lawyer Greg Barns told Justice Helen Wood his client accepted she had been in the wrong.

The court heard Bradford’s other son had been shot when he was 15 and she had seasoned post traumatic stress disorder as a result.

Mr Barns stated Bradford was far more prone to anger due to the fact of her PTSD symptoms.

“This history of events has, if I can use the term, unhinged my client,” he told the court.

Director of Public Prosecutions Daryl Coates accepted Bradford was a lot more prone to anger, but told the court he did not accept that she became suddenly enraged when her son’s sentence was elevated.

“Given this was a crown appeal against sentence, the accused had to at least be aware of the possibility that the sentence could be elevated,” he said.

He asked Justice Wood to consider basic deterrence when sentencing, saying the court could not function in mayhem.

“Justice cannot be completed if men and women do not really feel secure,” Mr Coates mentioned.

Mr Barnes asked for Bradford’s time currently spent in custody be regarded as.

Bradford will be sentenced on Friday.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, courts-and-trials, mental-overall health, hobart-7000

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