Mother to be attacks partner
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.