Woman headbutts her niece
A MOTHER who headbutted her niece has been jailed after appearing in the Mareeba Magistrates Court on Monday.
Colleen May Williams, 22, faced charges of common assault for headbutting and breaching a requirement of police.
The court heard that on October 20 Williams was required to report to Mareeba Police Station but she did not turn up.
Addressing the court, police prosecutor Sergeant Matthew Mitchell added that Williams attended a café on Walsh Street, Mareeba on October 4 about 12.40pm.
“She saw her niece outside the café, she walked outside and headbutted her in what was an unprovoked or unconsenting attack,” he said.
“Mareeba police officers saw the victim had swelling to her forehead and was feeling dizzy.”
Williams explained she had heard from family members that negative comments were being made about her by her niece and that was why she headbutted her.
Williams’ defence lawyer David Anderson said she accepted the facts and had cooperated with police officers.
Magistrate Tom Braes said Williams’ criminal history was terrible and there was no excuse for her behaviour.
“You have an extensive history for this type of offending but I am not going to punish you for previous charges,” he said.
“You have to learn you can’t go around bashing people. If you continue with this behaviour, you will spend a lot of time in jail.”
The court heard, that at the time of her offending, Williams was on parole and is still doing community service.
Williams had convictions recorded for both offences and was sentenced to nine months jail. She will be eligible for parole on March 3, 2018.