Jury fails to reach a verdict

THE DPP has withdrawn a charge of assault causing bodily harm against Sandra Gaye Norris after a Maryborough jury failed to reach a verdict.

Judge Hugh Botting dismissed the jury after their sustained deliberations could not reach a resolution.

The jury went out late on Monday afternoon and considered the evidence until 8.30pm. They resumed their deliberations about 9.30am on Tuesday before declaring about noon that there was no hope of a verdict and they were hung.

The court heard evidence on Friday that Ms Norris had repeatedly punched a 37-year-old woman and struck her with a glass after entering her Tiaro home in September 2009.

Tiaro police officer Acting Sergeant Jon Roche said he saw blood on the outside deck and inside the house when he arrived.

The two women had previously been friends.

When the District Court trial resumed on Monday, the court heard evidence from Ms Norris and her daughter who said there had been no threat with a knife to the complainant at any stage.

No witnesses were brought forward to corroborate the testimony of the complainant, Lisa Marie Arnold, that she had been repeatedly struck in the face with a glass.

After the withdrawal of the assault charge, the defendant pleaded guilty to one count of entering premises to commit wilful damage.

Judge Botting sentenced her to 18 months probation, with no order for compensation or restitution.

Judge Botting took into account the defendant's history and circumstances, and noted that she would benefit from being on a probation order.



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