Dispute over IOU for unpaid petrol leads to $2500 in fines

COSTLY DISPUTE: A woman who became aggressive after finding a petrol station did not allow IOUs did not appear in court when she was sentenced for dishonestly obtaining property, resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer. FILE PHOTO

COSTLY DISPUTE: A woman who became aggressive after finding a petrol station did not allow IOUs did not appear in court when she was sentenced for dishonestly obtaining property, resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer. FILE PHOTO

A woman who abused a petrol station attendant and kicked a police officer in a dispute over an IOU was sentenced in her absence at Orange Local Court on Monday. 

According to police facts, Angela Rietkerk, 34, of Betula Street, filled up her Jeep with $104.61 worth of petrol at the 7-Eleven petrol station on Bathurst Road on March 15.

She then went inside to ask for an IOU form because she had no money but was told the business did not give credit or accept IOUs.

Police said the woman continued to demand a form, saying she would pay the amount on March 20. 

She revealed she had no money in her bank account or wallet and even after the attendant contacted the business owner she continued arguing that she had a right to an IOU.

Police were called to the scene, where they described her as being “extremely aggressive”.

She dismissed information that not all petrol stations gave IOUs and was verbally abusive towards both the attendant and police officers.

She was arrested when one of the officers thought she was about to strike him then struggled as police handcuffed her and kicked an officer in the chest after having to be forced into the back pod of the police car. 

Upon her release from custody she was seen driving the car away from the petrol station and on March 24 it was confirmed she had still not paid for the petrol.

Rietkerk was fined $1000 for dishonestly obtaining the fuel and has been ordered to pay $104.61 in compensation for the unpaid petrol, $1000 for assaulting police and $500 for resisting police.

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