Leilani Clarke: Serial cop spitter guilty of serious assault
Serial cop spitter and glamorous indigenous activist Leilani Clarke has been found guilty of spitting, kicking or slapping four police officers in July last year and assaulting a man this year causing him bodily harm.
It is the 21-year-old's fifth time for offences against officers, which previously included kneeing an officer in the testicles, calling police "white dogs" and calling a policewoman a "white c***".
At a sentencing hearing for the July 2019 matters, Clarke also pleaded guilty to two offences, one count each of affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm, in February this year.
Between 12.30am and 3am on February 2, Clarke assaulted a male and used unlawful violence to cause him to have fear for his safety.
Clarke, who is on bail, had recently lost her housing placement and was staying at a friend's place which "is keeping her off the streets for now", the court heard.
Magistrate Erin Kennedy told the court that Clarke's straitened circumstances were "concerning".
"We'll only see more offending and she'll end up in custody. That's where we're going," Ms Kennedy said.
Adjourning the sentencing hearing until July, Ms Kennedy told Clarke, "I am not setting you up to fail" and ordered a mental health report from Justice Health.
According to police facts seen by news.com.au, in the early hours of July 27 last year police saw Clarke punching a young woman she had passed in the street in the inner city suburb of Redfern.
Clarke, who campaigns online against "white colonial oppression" and has stated she doesn't consider herself Australian, attacked the 22-year-old woman "unprovoked".
Police facts say Clarke was walking along Redfern Street about 12.20am with 10 friends on June 27 last year after consuming "an unknown number of alcoholic beverages".
When Ms Clarke and the young woman's "paths crossed … the accused punched (her) several times in the head" while the victim was "bent over at the waist with the accused holding her hair, punching her … in an unprovoked attack. No words were exchanged".
When a police patrol stopped to intervene it is alleged Ms Clarke "kept rambling 'I don't know what happened. I just want to go … yes, I am drunk in a public place'."
Told she had breached the bail conditions on a previous unrelated charge, police allege Ms Clarke sat on the ground against a wall and refused to get up.
When one female constable tried to handcuff her, Ms Clarke "swung a punch" which didn't connect.
During this process "the accused was making a snorting noise then proceeded to spit saliva" at the female constable "landed on her pants".
The police facts say Ms Clarke then resisted and was dragged to a caged paddy wagon, allegedly twice kicked another female officer.
At Redfern Police Station, when officers tried to escort Ms Clarke to a custody dock she said "don't f***ing touch me".
She then kicked the second female officer "in the groin causing immediate pain", and a male constable in the stomach.
Clarke then resisted being placed in the custody dock, slapped another male officer "on the face with an open hand".
All the incidents in the police station were recorded on CCTV.
After being placed in time out "due to the level of intoxication", Clarke was released on bail on condition she not drink alcohol and ordered to attend the Kirkton Road Centre clinic.
Clarke was charged with four counts of assault officer in execution of duty, resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, and affray using unlawful violence to cause a person to have fear for their safety and will be sentenced on July 24.
The police facts acknowledge Ms Clarke's previous convictions on similar charges.
In 2018, Ms Clarke spat at another police officer and assaulted a paramedic who had been trying to take her to hospital.
She screamed: "F**k you white dogs. I'm smart not dumb. I got three more degrees than you'll ever have."
In June 2018, Clarke and two males went to a 7-Eleven store in Marrickville in Sydney's inner west just after midnight.
Clarke placed an unopened Butter Chicken Curry meal worth $7 in her brown satchel handbag, while one of the men placed a Big Bite hotdog down his jeans.
When shopkeeper Ketankumar Khush Chaudhar demanded Clarke open her handbag and retrieved the chicken curry meal, the two males assaulted him.
Police arrived and Clarke began flailing her arms and then "coughed and spit up some phlegm in the mouth before spitting forward in the direction of police".
When asked why she was upset, Clarke said, "I know how you white dogs go. You would never get that because you're little white dogs, aye".
When a male police officer tried to remove a scarf from Clarke's neck, she thrashed around screaming and then "lifted her right knee suddenly into the (officer's) groin causing intense pain in his testicles".
In defence of her actions in the past, Clarke claims she suffers from "transgenerational trauma" because of her indigenous heritage.
Days before Australia Day in January this year, Clarke posted on Facebook about the day and what she called "scabby dreams of urban white societies and cultureless dominion".
She wrote: "Modern capital colonialism and what that means for our people is not up for f***ing debate, especially this f***ing invasion day so don't come at me I will troll you."
Following media reports, Ms Clarke went on KIISFM to describe court coverage as "disgusting".
"(There is) a situation of oppression," she told The Kyle and Jackie O Show, "these articles are used to justify 250 years of colonisation."