Fam­ily ar­gu­ment es­ca­lated to brawl

The Western Star - - News -

AN AR­GU­MENT out­side an es­tab­lish­ment es­ca­lated af­ter a young woman was ar­rested by po­lice for retaliatin­g against an­other fe­male.

Malina Kath­leen Lake, 20 fronted Roma Mag­is­trates Court last Wed­nes­day, fac­ing a charge of com­mit­ting pub­lic nui­sance within or in the vicin­ity of a li­censed premises.

On Septem­ber 21 at 11.20pm, po­lice were do­ing pa­trols on McDowall St when they were flagged down by some pa­trons out­side the Queen’s Arms Ho­tel.

Po­lice ar­rived to the scene where there was a big group of peo­ple gath­ered around two fe­males at the cen­tre of it.

The court heard Lake threw three hay­maker punches at the other fe­male, be­fore po­lice of­fi­cers broke up the fight and ar­rested her, while Lake con­tin­ued to hurl abuse at the fe­male.

Lake’s lawyer told the court that she had got­ten into a fam­ily ar­gu­ment and had been struck by the other fe­male and was retaliatin­g when the po­lice ar­rived.

The court heard Lake had moved from Bris­bane to Roma to be with her part­ner and had no prior crim­i­nal his­tory. She pleaded guilty to the charge.

Mag­is­trate Blanch fined her $300 with no con­vic­tions recorded.

LAKE’S LAWYER TOLD THE COURT THAT SHE HAD GOT­TEN INTO A FAM­ILY AR­GU­MENT AND HAD BEEN STRUCK BY THE OTHER FE­MALE AND WAS RETALIATIN­G WHEN THE PO­LICE AR­RIVED.

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