A woman has been sentenced for offences involving knives in a small Byron Shire village.
A woman has been sentenced for offences involving knives in a small Byron Shire village.

Woman barred from entering Byron Shire village for a year

A woman who frightened a pub manager when she waved knives around in public in a Byron Shire village will not be able to return to the location for a year.

Juliette Elizabeth Kollmann, 47, appeared before Byron Bay Local Court via video link from custody on Monday.

The Byron woman had been found guilty in her absence of wielding a knife in a public place, stalking or intimidating with intent to cause fear and destroying or damaging property when she failed to front court on January 6.

She was also convicted of failing to appear in court in 2019.

According to court documents, Kollmann caused damage to furniture outside the Billinudgel General Store, intimidated the manager of the nearby pub and was wielding knives in the street on the afternoon of April 22, 2019.

This included waving two knives about while she was 1m away from the pub manager, who "felt threatened and intimidated".

Defence solicitor Kylie Anderson-Clarke made no application to annul her client's earlier convictions when the matter went to court on Monday, and she lodged a guilty plea to a fresh charge from Kollmann's failure to appear in court in January.

The court heard her client was arrested on a warrant in late February.

Ms Anderson-Clarke said her client was living in the Wyong area prior to being arrested.

"What she says is at that particular time (in 2019) she was floating around and was in this area … after experiencing some real difficulties in the years leading up to that," she said.

The court heard Kollmann was now waiting on a bed at a residential rehabilitation facility in the Wyong area.

"She's been proactive in relation to that," Ms Anderson-Clarke said.

The court heard of tragic circumstances that contributed to her substance abuse, including involvement in a domestic violence situation and the loss of her daughter.

Ms Anderson-Clarke said her client made no threats during the 2019 incident.

"She accepts she has those knives," she said.

"She certainly doesn't recall trying to cause anyone any harm."

The court heard she was intoxicated at the time.

Magistrate Karen Stafford said Kollmann was waving the knives around, swearing at people and stabbed a bench outside the store, causing about $200 worth of damage.

She was sentenced to a 12 month community corrections order, during which she cannot enter Billinudgel, fined $800 for her failures to appear in court and ordered to pay compensation to the store.


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