Woman punches man in the face at Maryborough pub

A MARYBOROUGH woman has been sentenced to two years' probation for punching her former partner and another woman at the White Lion Hotel.

The woman, who the Chronicle has chosen not to name in order to protect the victim, pleaded guilty in Maryborough Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm, common assault and two charges of breaching a domestic violence order.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Kath Stagoll said the victim was drinking at the hotel on July 4 when the woman, 40, approached him.

"He had a short conversation before the defendant has stepped forward and punched him in the face," she said.

Sgt Stagoll said witnesses heard the pair arguing and that the defendant admitted to punching and slapping the man in the face.

He was left with bruising and a cut to the face.

The woman told police the pair had arranged to meet at the pub in order to exchange property.

Sgt Stagoll said later that afternoon the woman returned to the White Lion and sat in another woman's chair at the pokies while she had a cigarette.

When the victim returned, the woman screamed at her and said she was a "slut".

Sgt Stagoll said the woman then punched the victim in the face.

Suthers Lawyers defence solicitor Travis George said the woman experienced post-traumatic stress disorder after suffering for severe incidents of domestic violence from a former partner who was the father of her children.

He also said a domestic violence prevention order was in place against both the man assaulted and the woman charged.

Mr George read a portion of the order in place against the man assaulted noting how on one occasion he pushed the woman down so she could not breathe.

Magistrate Dean Wilkinson sentenced the woman to two years' probation on all charges.



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