Teen degraded in violent attack

A HERVEY BAY mum subjected an “innocent” 17-year-old girl to “complete and utter degradation” during a violent and unprovoked attack, a court has heard.

Aimee Juanita Caroline Te Kira set upon the school student outside a Boat Harbour Drive business place on the evening of June 24 last year.

The Hervey Bay District Court heard that at the time of the attack Te Kira was in “a fit of rage” because she believed the victim was going to “engage in sexual activity” with her long-term partner.

Crown prosecutor Dzenita Balic said Te Kira, a 23-year-old mother of three, called the 17-year-old girl a “slut” before jumping on her back so she fell on to her stomach.

Te Kira then pinned her arms, grabbed her by the hair and “slammed her head into the bitumen about 10 times” while continuing to scream abuse.

Ms Balic said that when the victim managed to get an arm free, Te Kira grabbed her hand and bit it. She then got up and delivered a number of kicks to her ribs before grabbing her by the hair and dragging her along the bitumen.

The court heard the violence came to an end when a bystander stepped in but Te Kira continued to yell abuse while she was arrested.

“The attack was a complete and utter degradation of the complainant ... the injuries were significant,” Ms Balic said.

Tears ran down Te Kira’s face in the district court where she pleaded guilty to one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Defence barrister Harry Fong told the court Te Kira was extremely remorseful and the attack was a case of mistaken identity.

“Her cousin saw her boyfriend meet up with a female ... and later put an arm around her. She believed they were going to engage in sexual activity.

“She was extremely angry and lost control.”

Mr Fong told the court Te Kira had broken up with her boyfriend – the father of her three children – earlier this week and planned to move to Rockhampton to live with her mother.

Judge Hugh Botting sentenced her to 12 months jail with immediate parole.



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