Lady pleads not guilty to glassing

A WOMAN accused of storming into a Tiaro house and viciously assaulting the female resident is facing trial in the Maryborough District Court.

Sandra Gaye Norris has pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm, but Crown Prosecutor Ron Swanwick told the court Norris repeatedly punched 37-year-old Lisa Marie Arnold and struck her in the face with a glass on September 14, 2009.

Mr Swanwick said Norris entered the Short Street house uninvited and started yelling abuse at the victim.

“She grabbed the victim by the back of the hair, dragged her to the floor and repeatedly struck her to the right side of the face with a drinking glass, causing it to smash.

“She repeatedly punched the victim around the head, pulled her hair and bit her left ear.”

Norris then allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed a sofa as well as going on a destructive rampage that damaged goods in the house.

The two women had formerly been friends.

Tiaro police officer Acting Sergeant Jon Roche told the court he arrived at the house about 6.30pm and saw blood spattered on the outside deck and in the kitchen and living room, smashed crockery and clumps of the victim's hair on the kitchen bench.

“I saw her (the victim) combing her fingers through her hair and still removing clumps of hair,” he said.

The trial will continue before Judge Hugh Botting on Monday.



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