Socialite and old mistress of billionaire fights conviction for & # 39; bites a police officer & # 39;
Socialite and old mistress of billionaire cardboard king Richard Pratt fights conviction for & # 39; bites a police officer after an angry lunch & # 39;
- Socialite Shari-Lea Hitchcock was found guilty of biting police officer last year
- The 50-year-old is appealing her conviction, arguing accounts were inconsistent
- For a long time Hitchcock was the mistress of the late billionaire cardboard king Richard Pratt
The old mistress of the late billionaire cardboard king Richard Pratt fights her conviction after she was found guilty of drunken biting of a police officer.
Sydney socialite Shari-Lea Hitchcock, 50, received a good two-year conduct last July after she tried to resist arrest and allegedly attacked a police officer and a woman trying to help her.
The 50-year-old has appeared in Sydney court this week to challenge the sentence.
Sydney socialite Shari-Lea Hitchcock, 50, (photo) received a good two-year conduct in July last year after trying to resist arrest and allegedly attacking a police officer and a woman trying to help her
She was represented by Barrister Daniel McMahon, who stated that the 2016 incident reports were not consistent, news.com.au reported.
Hitchcock, who has a child with Mr. Pratt, was seen as & # 39; holding onto a rail on Oxford Street & # 39; by a Jan Hanswell, a spectator who tried to help her get off the road on the day of the incident.
The former model had become a long lunch with other socialites and stumbled as she tried to find her way home.
The police were called, but Hitchcock refused to leave and shouted, "I'm not going anywhere."
Allegedly she tried to kick Mrs. Hanswell when she stooped to pick up a hairbrush and sunglasses that had fallen out of her bag.
Hitchcock later reportedly tried to kick the police officers and then bit a female officer twice on her left knee.
Hitchcock was the old mistress of Australian billionaire Richard Pratt, who was put together in 2001 and died of prostate cancer in 2009
She was arrested and charged with assault, assault and resistance against an officer in the performance of his duty.
Who was Richard Pratt?
Richard Pratt earned his fortune in the packaging industry as the president of Visy Industries.
Mr. Pratt expanded the company from two factories in Melbourne to 55 factories in Australia, the United States, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
He also went to the water recycling industry and his capital balance at the time of his death in 2009 was estimated at $ 5.48 billion.
He died of prostate cancer, 74 years old.
Mr. Pratt had been involved in an 18-year affair with the former swimsuit model Shari-Lea Hitchcock
The affair was made public in 2010 and the couple also had a child together, Paula, who was born in 1997.
McMahon had tried to discredit Hanswell's testimony during last year's hearing.
He also argued that police evidence was inconsistent, but magistrate Jennifer Atkinson found her guilty.
During her appeal, this week before court judge Garry Neilson, Mr. McMahon again argued that the police accounts were inconsistent and questioned the reliability of Hanswell as a witness.
He said the widow was sensitive to exaggeration and exaggeration.
He also said she tended to & # 39; colorful or single language & # 39 ;.
His client was & # 39; calm and non-aggressive & # 39; on the stage, he said.
The appeal is ongoing and will be dealt with on Friday by a district court of NSW.
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