Mother to be at­tacks part­ner

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH smith@ news. com. au

lucy. A PREG­NANT woman who at­tacked her part­ner in a fit of rage when he gave her a “dirty” glass of wa­ter has faced court.

So­phie Coward, 26, was ini­tially charged with chok­ing but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of as­sault as a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence of­fence in Townsville Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day.

Judge Gre­gory Lyn­ham said Coward and her part­ner were at their Her­mit Park unit on March 13 when she asked him for a glass of wa­ter.

“You shouted at him, com­plain­ing that the glass was dirty and it would harm you and your un­born child,” Judge Lyn­ham said.

Coward rushed at her part­ner and he raised his arms to pro­tect him­self.

A strug­gle fol­lowed with the man end­ing up on the floor.

“You placed your left knee on top of his left wrist and you pinned him to the ground,” Judge Lyn­ham said.

“You used one hand to cover ( the man’s) nos­trils and you used the other hand to keep his mouth closed.

“You did this only for a brief pe­riod of time. ( He) did not lose con­scious­ness nor did he feel dizzy or light- headed.”

Crown prose­cu­tor Will Slack said Coward had pre- vi­ously faced court for a street rob­bery in Southport.

She and a co- of­fender tried to grab a woman’s hand­bag and there was a strug­gle where the vic­tim’s arm was bit­ten.

Coward was also con­victed in 2009 af­ter push­ing a woman on a street and pulling some of her hair out.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Rowan Pack said Coward had bipo­lar dis­or­der and bor­der­line per­son­al­ity dis­or­der.

“She had a rough child­hood with a sin­gle par­ent. At age 14 she started drink­ing al­co­hol and some re­cre­ational drugs to ex­cess and by the age of 17, she in­structs that she was ad­dicted to al­co­hol and some re­cre­ational drugs,” he said.

“When she was 23, in 2013, she par­tic­i­pated in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram … on the Sun­shine Coast, that was a six­month in- house pro­gram.”

Mr Pack said at the time of the at­tack on her part­ner, Coward was un­der stress af­ter re­cently mov­ing to Townsville and learn­ing of her preg­nancy.

He said she had since re­turned to the Gold Coast and was still in a re­la­tion­ship with the man, who wrote a let­ter of sup­port to the court.

Judge Lyn­ham said the as­sault was not “overly se­ri­ous”, but that the man had done “noth­ing which war­ranted your very ag­gres­sive at­tack”.

Coward was sen­tenced to six months on pro­ba­tion and a con­vic­tion was recorded.

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