Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cinderella Story Lacks Prince

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Cinderella Story Lacks Prince

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Byline: Kerri-Anne Mesner kerri-anne.mesner@capnews.com.au

SHE may have been referred to as "the stepsister", but a woman who assaulted five police officers did not find her Prince Charming.

Defence barrister Tom Polley described the childhood of his client, Paris Anne Blurton, as "remarkably abhorrent", after her father murdered her mother and later died by suicide, and Blurton was sent to live with relatives in Darwin, where she was treated like "the stepsister and required to do all of the chores".

Blurton, 32, pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court yesterday to eight counts of serious assault, one of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one of wilful damage.

Crown prosecutor Alexandra Baker said Blurton confronted the first victim about 9.25am on Boxing Day in 2016 with two other males and claimed the Toyota Camry at the house was registered in her name - it wasn't.

The court heard the victim eventually submitted to Blurton's demands and started driving the trio towards Rockhampton CBD, only to be kicked out on the side of the road and left behind.

Police located the Camry at Blurton's residence later that day and when police went to arrest her for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle, Ms Baker said, Blurton "immediately became aggressive".

The heavily pregnant woman, who was on bail at the time and subject to two community- based court orders, had consumed methamphetamine prior to the police's arrival.

Ms Baker said Blurton kicked at the vehicle's back window, damaging it and the door frame.

Two officers were summoned to assist and as they were moving Blurton, she kicked one of the female officers in the chest and caused her to stumble backwards, winded.

Judge Michael Burnett, who referred to Blurton's behaviour as "completely irrational", said the two officers who went to assist the injured female officer were both then spat on by Blurton. …

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