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Gold Coast: Tayla Gray, 25, spat on cop as she was arrested for punching reveller in the face

Young woman blames a wardrobe malfunction for spitting at cops after she was arrested during a wild, drunken night out – as she’s thrown behind bars

  • Tayla Bree Gray, 25, spat on senior constable after he confiscated her vape pen
  • She fought police as they put her in handcuffs after incident in Surfers Paradise
  • Gray punched a man in face outside a nightclub before lashing out at the officers
  • Her lawyer said CCTV footage revealed her breast was exposed during her arrest

A woman who spat at a police officer after he confiscated her vape pen has blamed a wardrobe malfunction for the altercation as she is thrown behind bars. 

Tayla Bree Gray, 25, pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday to common assault, resisting police, serious assault of police, and breaching intensive corrections orders (ICO).

Gray punched a man in the face outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub in Queensland and lashed out at police as they attempted to put her in handcuffs. 

Prosecutor Senior Constable Andrew Smith said Gray struck an officer twice as they walked to the station and was kicking, swearing loudly, and making threats.

Tayla Bree Gray, 25, pleaded guilty in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday to common assault, resisting police, serious assault of police, and breaching intensive corrections orders (she is pictured posing outside the court just moments before she was taken into custody)

Gray punched a man in the face outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub on Queensland's Gold Coast and lashed out at police as they attempted to put her in handcuffs

Gray punched a man in the face outside a Surfers Paradise nightclub on Queensland’s Gold Coast and lashed out at police as they attempted to put her in handcuffs

Gray was moved to a police van where she ‘deliberately’ spat ‘directly into the face’ of a senior constable after he confiscated a vape pen she had been using inside. 

Defence solicitor Jodi Allen said her client had a limited recollection of the night in late June and had consumed a ‘significant’ amount of alcohol. 

She said Gray can’t recall the common assault ‘at all’ and said a wardrobe malfunction was the reason she had resisted police during her arrest.

‘When she was placed in handcuffs, the top of her dress exposed one of her breasts,’ Ms Allen said.

‘(CCTV shows) she (was) trying to pull her dress up to cover her. That isn’t an excuse but goes someway to explaining her belligerence.’

She said the spit said to have landed on the senior constable’s cheek was not obvious on examination of the body-cam police footage. 

Prosecutor Senior Constable Andrew Smith said Gray struck an officer twice as they walked to the station and was kicking, swearing loudly, and making threats

Prosecutor Senior Constable Andrew Smith said Gray struck an officer twice as they walked to the station and was kicking, swearing loudly, and making threats

Ms Allen said her client had expressed a ‘willingness’ for assistance with her alcohol use and anger issues and had made ‘self reports’ about her drug use. 

Gray recently travelled to Townsville in Queensland’s north-east to spend time with family knowing the ‘real risk’ of jail time, her solicitor said. 

Magistrate Kerry Magee said it was clear Gray behaves ‘inappropriately’ when she drinks alcohol to excess and that it was lucky nobody was seriously injured. 

She noted Gray is the subject of an ICO until next May following another drunken assault and is currently facing court for other violent offences – with the incident in June occurring just 28 days after her parole ended. 

Gray recently travelled to Townsville in Queensland's north-east to spend time with family knowing the 'real risk' of jail time, her solicitor Jodi Allen told the court

Gray recently travelled to Townsville in Queensland’s north-east to spend time with family knowing the ‘real risk’ of jail time, her solicitor Jodi Allen told the court

The magistrate sentenced the 25-year-old to nine months behind bars for the ‘particularly nasty’ offence of spitting at an officer, one month for kicking and three months for punching, to be served concurrently. 

For breaching her ICO, which allows an offender to serve their sentence in the community, she was convicted but not punished. 

Magistrate Magee said she would have granted Gray immediate parole if not for her criminal record – instead she must serve one third of her sentence. 

She snapped a photo of herself beaming outside Southport Magistrates Court before her conviction and was inundated with messages from her supporters. 

The 25-year-old will be up for parole in March, 2023. 

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