Love triangle results in daycare centre assault
A WOMAN who punched a love rival in the face outside a daycare centre said the argument was the result of being relentlessly harassed by the other woman.
Karen Michele Strange left her victim with a broken tooth, cut mouth and swollen face after assaulting her just after 7am on July 9, 2012.
The Warwick Magistrates Court last week heard the victim and 38-year-old Strange had both been involved with the same man, which led to the animosity between them.
On the morning of the assault, the victim parked outside Strange's home, while she dropped her child at the neighbouring daycare centre.
When she returned to her vehicle, the victim and Strange began to argue and Strange punched her.
Defence solicitor Phillip Crook told the court his client had been continually targeted by the woman, who would park in front of her home in spite and make nasty comments to her.
"(The victim) would yell abuse at her and say 'I'm going to make your perfect life hell'," he said.
The court heard Strange had since moved from her home in order to remove herself from the conflict.
Magistrate Graham Lee told Strange that assault was a very serious matter but he accepted there had been some degree of provocation.
The Allora woman last week pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and was fined $750.