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Parole for 'mad old cat lady'

Vivian Joy King, 46, was sentenced to 18 months in prison with immediate parole.
Vivian Joy King, 46, was sentenced to 18 months in prison with immediate parole. The Queensland Times

A WOMAN who unleashed a series of sickening attacks on a schoolgirl, her neighbour and police has been given immediate parole so she can keep up her "community work" of caring for homeless cats.

Vivian Joy King, 46, whose barrister described her as a "mad old cat lady" at a committal hearing in June, faced Ipswich District Court yesterday for sentencing.

She pleaded guilty to one count of serious assault on police and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court heard King's four month offending binge began in early 2010.

She spat in the face of a police officer and Judge Deborah Richards said this was one of the most concerning attacks because King has Hepatitis C.

One assault charge arose from an incident with a schoolgirl, when the girl's backpack strap became caught in King's bicycle handlebars, causing King to fall off.

When the girl came back to check on King, the woman assaulted her.

Two of the assault occasioning bodily harm offences stemmed from a "neighbourhood dispute".

Mr Christie said King was in a nine year relationship with Alwyn John Gwilliams, 41, the man committed to stand trial at the Supreme Court for the alleged murder of Riverview woman Dulcie Birt.

Mr Christie said "she has had plenty of dealings with police from Gwilliams' activity" and that things went downhill for King after Gwilliams' arrest.

He said his client had a serious bike accident in 2009 which left her with an acquired brain injury and made her struggle to cope with change, unable to control her emotions and left her with impaired judgement.

Crown Prosecutor Rachelle Logan asked for King, a mother of two, to be jailed for two years.

Judge Richards noted that King might lose her house if she wasn't able to meet mortgage repayments and also had many cats to care for.

King was sentenced to 18 months prison for the serious assault on police, and 12 months in prison for the assaults occasioning bodily harm.

On both sentences she was released on immediate parole and ordered to undertake an anger management course.

Topics:  assault crime ipswich district court police


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