A formerly high-flying lawyer with “a temper issue” who attacked two police officers and threatened to violently kill three people will spend less time in jail, despite a judge lashing her “evil intent”.
Madona Kobayssi appeared via audiovisual link in the NSW District Court on Monday to argue that her 18-month jail sentence was “too severe” for someone who had no prior record.
She looked anxious in a prison green tracksuit and matching headband with her dark hair tied back in a long plait.
The court heard the 39-year-old had worked as a lawyer for an international firm before she became unemployed and sent vicious emails to her former property manager in May 2022.
At 6.30am on May 26, she sent an email to the manager of her former apartment in North Bondi which was aggressively titled: “Return my money or else I’ll cut you in half”.
The agreed facts show Kobayssi went on to request the property manager refund her for an “absolutely abhorrent stay” which she claimed had included harassment and trespassing.
“I’m not joking – if you don’t return my money by the end of week, I’ll have you stashed in the back of a police car like the junk yard that you are and slashed into a million pieces,” she wrote.
“Expect your door to be broken down and immediate arrest if you dare think of contesting this”.
The victim said she felt threatened by the email because Kobayssi knew where she worked and how to access the apartment building.
The 39-year-old was charged with breaching an apprehended violence order taken out to protect the victim, but failed to appear in court in July.
When police attended her home in Bexley with a warrant for her arrest, the agreed facts reveal she became hostile and lashed out at the officers.
Kobayssi kicked, thrashed her arms, and threw items at the officers while they used force to subdue and handcuff her.
The court documents state she kicked a male officer in the leg and struck a female officer in the stomach as they were wrestling her into the police vehicle.
At the police station, the former lawyer’s vitriolic outburst continued as she spat and swore at officers.
“I will f***ing murder you,” she yelled.
The court heard Kobayssi also sent a barrage of threatening and intimidating messages to a community corrections officer who attended her house in July.
“Come around here one more time and I’ll slit your throat and leave you to bleed in the middle of the street in broad daylight,” she texted the female officer.
“Take your paper, police, corrections and court and shove them all up your ass (sic).”
The infuriated 39-year-old sent a further 76 menacing texts to the officer in just three hours.
“Why don’t you come around again so I can slash your ugly fat self into the nothing you are,” one nasty text read.
Kobayssi’s lawyer Alan Blackman told the court his client had been experiencing “anxiety and problems” due to repeated break-ins at her home, so the visits from community corrections “appeared to trigger her angry response”.
“She appears to have a temper issue,” he said.
“There’s no doubt,” Judge Paul Conlon replied.
The judge noted Kobayssi had reported a previous diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and symptoms of anxiety and depression, but there was no supporting evidence before the court.
Judge Conlon determined the former lawyer had “no insight into her offending or the impact (of) her offending”.
“Clearly there’s a level of evil intent and violence which seems to be apparent throughout the course of other offending,” he said.
“It’s difficult to see how the sentence could be said to be too severe.”
The judge dismissed the appeal and upheld the length of the sentences handed down in September.
Judge Conlon confirmed her sentence of 18 months imprisonment for contravening an AVO, intimidating a police officer, harassing a law officer, and assaulting a police officer.
Some of her eight-month non parole period will be served at the same time as a four month jail term for using a carriage service to threaten to kill someone.
By allowing her to serve part of the sentences at the same time, Judge Conlon shaved two months off the former lawyer’s time behind bars.
She will now be eligible for release from prison on May 18, 2024 with ten months left on her sentence.
When she is released, the 39-year-old will also have to serve a two year CCO for larceny and assaulting a police officer, and a one year CCO for resisting arrest..
Originally published as ‘Evil intent’ behind ex-lawyer’s vicious and violent death threats