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Egger targets intellectually disabled woman on Halloween

HALLOWEEN is a time of festivity and frivolity for most.

For one young, intellectually impaired woman, her night was ruined by an act of immature stupidity.

Thomas Scott McDonald was sentenced in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday on one count of common assault, after a poorly executed Halloween egging prank.

The court heard on October 31 this year, at just after 7pm, McDonald and a friend had driven past the victim and her carer as they walked along the footpath.

McDonald launched the eggs at random at the pair, thinking his aim was not good enough to ensure a successful egging.

However the young local misjudged the accuracy of his arm, as the eggs struck the disabled woman in the chest and arm, causing her pain.

The 17-year-old boilermaker did not know his victim and it had been a random attack, after he and his friend had bought the eggs for an act of retaliation.

Defence solicitor Sharon Kang had told the court her client's car had been targeted by trick or treaters earlier in the night and he had decided to take out his frustration with a retaliatory egging on random members of the public, the victim being unfortunate enough to be hit by the eggs.

Magistrate Russell Warfield noted that it was the first time McDonald had come before the court, but pointed out he had gone out of his way to buy the eggs to carry out the offence.

"You're only 17 so I hope you'll learn from this," Mr Warfield said.

McDonald was fined $500 for the offence, but escaped a conviction being recorded.

Topics:  common assault, egging, gladstone magistrates court, halloween



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