Ita Buttrose niece convicted, fined $1000 for bashing cop

The socialite niece of publishing legend Ita Buttrose has been fined $1000 for bashing a police officer outside her upmarket home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Lizzie Buttrose had been arguing with her fiance Zoran Stopar over her dogs when she challenged police to a fight when they attended their Vaucluse late last year.

Other officers responded after answering a panic button call. 

‘Do you wanna go?’, she yelled.

Ita Buttrose's niece Lizzie Buttrose has been convicted and fined $1000 for assaulting a cop

Ita Buttrose's niece Lizzie Buttrose has been convicted and fined $1000 for assaulting a cop

Ita Buttrose’s niece Lizzie Buttrose has been convicted and fined $1000 for assaulting a cop

Lizzie Buttrose had been arguing with her fiance Zoran Stopar over her dogs when she challenged police who attended their Vaucluse home to a fight late last year

Lizzie Buttrose had been arguing with her fiance Zoran Stopar over her dogs when she challenged police who attended their Vaucluse home to a fight late last year

Lizzie Buttrose had been arguing with her fiance Zoran Stopar over her dogs when she challenged police who attended their Vaucluse home to a fight late last year

‘Come on then. Do you wanna f…… go? I’ll fight you. I can fight.’

The 48-year-old woman then pushed two clenched fists into the chest of a male constable.

Wearing pyjamas, she was handcuffed and sat on the ground. Buttrose was kept in a police van dressed like that for two hours then moved to a cell at Waverley for five more hours.

Lawyer Michael Bowe said Buttrose’s time in custody had been a degrading punishment.

‘That must have been an extremely humiliating experience for a woman,’ Mr Bowe said.

Buttrose pleaded guilty on Monday in Waverley Local Court to assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty about 9pm on October 13 last year.

Lizzie Buttrose looked a lot more youthful in 2006 when she attended the Laugh Out Loud! party

Lizzie Buttrose looked a lot more youthful in 2006 when she attended the Laugh Out Loud! party

Lizzie Buttrose looked a lot more youthful in 2006 when she attended the Laugh Out Loud! party

Police had responded to a panic alarm activated in Buttrose’s home and arrived to find her shouting about her dogs.

Mr Stopar had taken Buttrose’s dogs for a walk and who arrived shortly afterwards.

Buttrose then came outside her home and started shouting about the animals.

‘Give me back my dogs!’ she yelled.

Buttrose then argued with police and assaulted the officer.

She had asked for leniency from magistrate Lisa Stapleton, citing a long battle with depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse.

Lizzie Buttrose (pictured right) had a history of drink driving offences dating back to 1992

Lizzie Buttrose (pictured right) had a history of drink driving offences dating back to 1992

Lizzie Buttrose (pictured right) had a history of drink driving offences dating back to 1992

However, Ms Stapleton noted at the time of the assault Buttrose was already on a good behaviour bond for low-range drink driving imposed in April last year.

That was her third drink driving offence, following mid range readings in 2012 and 1992.

Ms Stapleton said police had only gone to the Buttrose home in response to a panic alarm and were there to ensure her safety.

‘Without provocation you decided to assault the constable,’ she said.

Ms Stapleton said Buttrose had been ‘slightly intoxicated’ but ‘completely disinhibited’.

She fined Buttrose $1000, convicted her of drink driving and disqualified her from driving for one month.


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