Chil­dren saw chair at­tack

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - CHRISTO­PHER TESTA

A WOMAN smashed her way into a Launce­s­ton home and at­tacked its fe­male oc­cu­pant with a bro­ken chair leg while the vic­tim’s two small chil­dren cried out in dis­tress.

Dana Elise Smith, 31, of Devon­port, was placed on a drug treat­ment or­der by Jus­tice Robert Pearce yes­ter­day when she faced the Supreme Court in Launce­s­ton for sen­tenc­ing over the Au­gust 2018 at­tack.

Smith had gone to the vic­tim’s New­stead home be­cause she be­lieved her then-part­ner was in­side, Jus­tice Pearce said, and banged on the door de­mand­ing for him to come out.

But with her part­ner hav­ing al­ready left out the back of the prop­erty, Smith used a bro­ken chair leg to smash her way through the front door.

She went to the bed­room, where she con­fronted the fe­male oc­cu­pant and used the chair leg to hit her three or four times. The vic­tim’s chil­dren, aged two and nine months, were scream­ing in dis­tress, Jus­tice Pearce said.

Smith was still hold­ing the chair leg when she was ar­rested 15 min­utes later.

Jus­tice Pearce said the vic­tim only sus­tained some welts to her leg, al­though it was “im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict whether the chil­dren will be af­fected” by what they saw.

Smith had pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated bur­glary, com­mon as­sault and in­jur­ing prop­erty.

She was sen­tenced to 11 months’ im­pris­on­ment, which she will not have to serve pro­vided she com­plies with the drug treat­ment or­der.

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