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by Jasmin Lill
July 28, 2011 10:06AM
A MARRIED mother-of-two who was filmed urinating on a stadium seat at the last State of Origin has been fined $100 by a Brisbane court.
Kerry Ann Strasser, 44, of Petrie did not appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today but had lawyer Penny White plead guilty on her behalf to one count of urinating in a public place.
Sergeant Paul Hodge said Suncorp Stadium management gave police the footage of Strasser urinating in her seat after it was captured by a person seated behind her at the game.
The court heard Strasser then contacted police to admit she was the person on film that had “gone viral”.
She told officers she was extremely intoxicated and was extremely remorseful for her actions.
Sgt Hodge said she was fully co-operative with police and had no criminal history.
Ms White said her client was a married mother-of-two who worked two clerical jobs.
She said Strasser had never been before a court, but had been treated for depression for two years.
Ms White said the 44-year-old had been to drinks before the Origin game and had continued drinking throughout, and was also on medication for her condition.
She added that while Strasser had no recollection of the incident, she’d subsequently seen footage of the offence.
“It has received unprecedented media attention on Youtube. It’s still on the internet,” Ms White said.
Magistrate Wally Ehrich questioned who put it there, and said she’d suffered worldwide embarrassment.
Ms White said Strasser’s family had also been affected, with anyone who knows her being aware she was the woman in the clip.
“She has already suffered,” she said.
Ms White also said police could have given the Petrie mother an on-the-spot ticket, but instead gave her a notice to appear in court.
The maximum fine for the offence is $200 and she argued for a $50 penalty.
Mr Ehrich took into account her worldwide embarassment and gave her a $100 fine.
A conviction was not recorded.