'Brain snap' leads to assault

A WOMAN who held her former partner by the throat while her friend threatened him with a knife has been sentenced to two years probation for the assault.

Megan Leigh Cooper pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm in company.

The court heard Cooper had recently broken up with the victim, Christopher Bohun, when she turned up drunk at his house on May 12.

Mr Bohun drove Cooper and her juvenile friend home to a North Street address but he was attacked when he decided to leave.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Lord said Cooper pushed the man against a wall and held him by the throat.

Cooper’s female co-accused, who was a juvenile and cannot be named, then came at him with a knife and held the blade at Mr Bohun’s ribcage.

The victim managed to escape and ran to his car but the girls gave chase and Cooper landed three punches on her ex before he ran off down North Street.

He suffered bruising and scratches from the attack.

Cooper, 23, had no previous criminal history.

Defence solicitor Travis George said Cooper was extremely remorseful for her actions, which Mr George described as a “brain snap”.

Mr George said Cooper was intoxicated and had since sought counselling for alcohol and anger management issues.

The juvenile offender was let off with a caution.

Acting magistrate Neil Lavaring told Cooper she would probably be going to jail if the victim was badly injured.

“There was potential for something very serious to happen here,” he said. “You’re lucky his injuries weren’t more substantial.”

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