Serial ambulance 000 pest avoids jail again

Valerie Dawn Gough outside Caboolture Magistrates Court.
Valerie Dawn Gough outside Caboolture Magistrates Court. Sheree Echlin

THE Queensland Ambulance Service has copped a "staggering" impact on its ability to serve the community due to the actions of a Bribie Island woman, who was spared jail time for her offences.

Valerie Dawn Gough, 69, pleaded guilty in Caboolture Magistrates Court last week to 16 charges of improper use of an emergency call service, the latest in a long line of court appearances which previously found her guilty of 302 counts of the same charge.

Bribie Island Senior Sergeant David Crawford-Raby said the result of nuisance calls impacted many people.

"Any misuse of the 000 service puts everyone in the community at risk," he said.

"(Gough's case) has had a staggering impact on the QAS here, and the misuse of that service comes at a terrible cost.

"The service is for genuine emergencies and the flow-on effect (of it being abused) is quite significant."

Gough was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for the latest 16 improper call charges and released immediately by order of the court.

The Bongaree woman was also sentenced to nine months imprisonment and released immediately on parole for six charges of breaching bail conditions, and convicted of a stealing charge.

In January 2013 she was placed on two years' probation with a number of conditions imposed after facing 302 charges related to making nuisance calls.

Topics:  crime qas

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