Substance sniffer guilty of attack

Mariah Fayewynetta Freeman leaves court last Friday.
Mariah Fayewynetta Freeman leaves court last Friday.

WHILE Mariah Fayewynetta Freeman was affected by a substance she had sniffed, the 18-year-old kicked and punched a teen at a Rockhampton shopping centre.

The 16-year-old victim was dragged along the bitumen, hit, kicked and kneed during an attack at Stockland Rockhampton on January 14. As the victim looked up, she saw a person filming the attack on their phone.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Darrell Dalton said Freeman was involved in kicking and punching the teen, but had told police her two co-offenders were responsible for dragging the girl along the ground outside the shopping centre on the night of the attack.

The violence took place for a few minutes before help arrived.

Sergeant Dalton said the victim suffered headaches through the night and the next day.

The group of offenders were upset following an altercation with the victim, which fuelled the attack, defence lawyer Shayne Studdert told the court.

Freeman pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court last Friday to assault.

Acting Magistrate Tom Bradshaw told Freeman to address any anger management issues that provoked her involvement in the attack.

“People are sick of going to shopping centres and seeing violence,” Acting Magistrate Bradshaw said.

Freeman was placed on 12 months probation and ordered to do 60 hours of community service.

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