A WOMAN who lunged at police with a knife will spend at least four months behind bars for the attack.
Debra Jean Pryor pleaded guilty to being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and two counts of assaulting an officer in the execution of duty.
Tamworth Local Court was told Pryor lunged at police officers, armed with a 30cm kitchen knife, when they arrived at her house about 9.30 in the morning to serve an AVO.
But Pryor argued she was dressed in her dressing gown and didn’t leave her front door, instead she said she was aggravated by the officers banging on the door.
In sentencing, Magistrate Roger Prowse said she didn’t have to leave the house to commit the offence.
“You’ve rushed at the police officers,” he said.
“Police moved back.
“They’re extraordinarily serious.”
Magistrate Prowse detailed to the court how Pryor told police to “leave or” you’ll “cut them.”
Police pulled out capsicum spray and back-up officers were called to the scene, before Pryor assaulted police and was arrested.
“Assaulting police is a serious offence,” Mr Prowse said.
Pryor was sentenced to nine months in prison with a non-parole period of four months for being armed with intent, and four months for assaulting police.
She will be eligible for parole in February, 2014.