Woman head­butts her niece

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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.

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