Mudgee Local Court briefs for July 19, 2017

A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 100 hours community service and fined $400 for two domestic assaults around 12 hours apart.

Brendan McDonald of Lawson Street, Mudgee, was charged with assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The incident arose from a heated argument on the evening of April 2, 2017, during which McDonald began hitting the victim on their back, legs and head, before whipping them with a cable.

Neighbours called police after hearing the noise.

The next morning another confrontation erupted and he began hitting the victim again.

Magistrate Terry Lucas said, “this was a bit over the top”.

McDonald – who represented himself in court – claimed the victim was stealing from him.

His honour replied, “what I suggest is next time this happens call the police, that’s what they’re paid for”.


A St Mary’s woman caught driving with a cancelled licence in Mudgee and then gave police a fake name when she was stopped for speeding, was convicted in her absence when she failed to appear in court.

Jayde Chapman, aged 21, of Saddington Street, St Mary’s, was fined a total of $1000 and disqualified for 12 months.

Her vehicle was detected by police driving at 118km/h on the Castlereagh Highway at Ilford on the afternoon of April 28, 2017.

She was unable to handover a licence and gave the name of a family member, which when checked by police produced a warning that Chapman uses it as an alias.

Her identity was confirmed by a tattoo on her forearm and another check revealed her licence was cancelled on December 20, 2016.


A 37-year-old woman charged with two counts of driving while disqualified and of stealing a $20 clock from a bank, was convicted in her absence when she failed to appear in court.

Danielle Barbara Katic of White Cedar Road, Kains Flat, was charged after police in Appin in Sydney were alerted to erratic driving on the morning of April 14, 2017.

They found her asleep at the wheel of the vehicle with the engine still running, she had no licence but a check of her identity revealed she’s never held a licence and was disqualified for three years on February 27, 2015, for drink driving.

Katic was charged again on May 9, 2017, when she was stopped for a random breath test in Gladstone Street, Mudgee.

On April 19, 2017, she was seen on the Mudgee NAB branch CCTV footage stealing a date and time clock from a bench as she exited the location. 


A Gulgong man charged with high-range drink driving was fined $2000 and disqualified for six months to be followed by a 24 month interlock period.

Andrew Martin Cuthel, aged 35, of Wattle Lane, Gulgong, was stopped by police at about 11.20pm on June 26, 2017, in order to conduct a random breath test in Old Mill Road, Gulgong.

He told officers “I know I’ll go over” and following a positive roadside test was taken to Gulgong Police Station where a breath analysis of 0.176 was recorded.

Cuthel admitted he “had a few cans of rum”.