Pregnant woman in late night fight

A LATE-night assault on a pregnant woman outside a bar has cost a 26-year-old Maryborough woman $1500.

Lois Anne Semple was defending a friend when she repeatedly punched a woman in the face and pulled her hair outside Murphy's Bar on March 4, 2011.

Yesterday, she pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to assault and was sentenced to a $750 fine and ordered to pay $750 in compensation to the victim.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel told the court Ms Semple attacked the victim, who was six months pregnant at the time, because she had gotten into an argument with Semple's friend at about 11pm on the street outside Murphy's Bar.

The two were known to each other and had been at the same bar earlier in the night.

Snr Const said the victim and Ms Semple's friend had both fallen on the ground fighting when Semple grabbed the victim's hair.

She said Semple then put the victim in a headlock and punched her 4 to 5 times in the face.

The victim had bruising and swelling to the face and had a quantity of hair pulled out as a result of the attack.

Snr Const Kunkel also said during the attack the victim had feared her unborn baby would be harmed.

She said Semple had involved herself in a situation she did not need to and said security had been at the bar at the time.

Defence lawyer Tammy Kerle told the court while Semple had not been drinking on the night, the victim had been heavily intoxicated.

Ms Kerle said the assault occurred out of misplaced loyalty.

Both Snr Const Kunkel and Ms Kerle asked for a probation period, however Magistrate John Smith said he did not feel probation was appropriate.

He mentioned Semple's lengthy history and told her there had been no reason for her to intervene.



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