ROUGH JUSTICE: A Goomeri teenager was given a hefty fine after a late night drive in an unsafe car.
ROUGH JUSTICE: A Goomeri teenager was given a hefty fine after a late night drive in an unsafe car.

Woman punches dad after he assists her

DOMESTIC violence is often associated with female victims, but a case in the Emerald Magistrates Court yesterday proved that it is simply not the case.

When a 25-year-old woman faced the court via video link from a correctional facility, she seemed unperturbed - waving, laughing and seemingly enjoying her 15 minutes of unfortunate fame.

The woman, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victim, was charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of contravening domestic violence orders and one count of wilful damage.

She pleaded guilty to all three through duty solicitor Charles Lumsden.

All offences were committed against her father.

On August 2, the defendant sent her father a text message stating that her car had broken down in Chinchilla and she wanted him to come and pick her up.

He reluctantly came, paid for a motel, went to the RACQ yard and agreed to drive her back to Emerald.

During the drive she became aggressive, punched him in the side of the head while he was driving and yelled profanity at him. Mr Lumsden said the woman had "unresolved issues" with her father.

"This (domestic violence) is a topical subject at this time... there is a need for support of victims and perpetrators alike," he said.

Magistrate Jeff Clarke said her behaviour was "outrageous".

"He had travelled to Chinchilla to help you... your actions were simply deplorable," he said.

The woman was sentenced to four months in prison, taking out the 40 days already served. She will be on probation for three years.


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