Vi­o­lence begets vi­o­lence

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

IT WASN’T a happy night be­fore Christ­mas for a woman who pleaded guilty to two charges stem­ming from a Christ­mas Eve as­sault.

The 32-year-old was charged with breach of bail and as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm af­ter she twice punched an­other woman at house in Can­non­vale.

Po­lice were called around 7pm af­ter an ar­gu­ment broke out, with the woman ac­cus­ing the other woman of sleep­ing with her ex-part­ner.

She punched the woman and at one point picked up a nearby gas bot­tle and threat­ened her, the court was told.

The other woman then picked up the phone and called po­lice and was punched again.

De­fence lawyer Rose­mary Var­ley said it was out of char­ac­ter for her client and that she had suf­fered from pre­vi­ous vi­o­lent re­la­tion­ships.

Mag­is­trate Si­mon Young noted the woman had no pre­vi­ous his­tory of vi­o­lent be­hav­iour.

The woman was sen­tenced to a to­tal of five months’ im­pris­on­ment, wholly sus­pended for 18 months.

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