Female jailed for attacking partner with fork while drunk

ATTACKING her partner with a fork landed Loyla Christine Richardson behind bars.

The 46-year-old had been drinking with friends on September 18 in Gracemere.

The Rockhampton District Court yesterday heard that her partner had located her at a friend's place and she became upset over family issues. It was then she grabbed a fork from the kitchen and tried to stab him. He was hit in the eyebrow with the fork, causing a cut.

The court heard that Richardson's partner managed to disarm her, but she then grabbed a knife and tried to stab him through a flyscreen.

Her partner called the police and waited outside, but the court heard Richardson became angry when she knew the police were coming and grabbed another knife and went after him.

She pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed and two counts of common assault.

The court heard that Richardson told police that she "just lost it" and had no recollection of the incident.

Judge Michael Burnett said that having no recollection because of alcohol was not an excuse.

He said a message needed to get out to the community that this was not acceptable.

Richardson had already served 71 days in pre-sentence custody; the charge of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed saw her receive 21 months imprisonment with a parole date of July 8, 2015.


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