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Grandmother told to act more lady-like after family fight

Christopher Crawford and Patricia Trinder.
Christopher Crawford and Patricia Trinder. Ross Irby

A MAGISTRATE found Gladstone grandmother Patricia "Tricia" Trinder was the catalyst in an assault in which she drove her boyfriend to the family home where he punched her brother-in-law in the mouth.

"Your excited nature was the catalyst for it all happening," magistrate Jeffrey Clarke told her after he found Trinder and boyfriend Christopher Crawford guilty of assault causing bodily harm to Lawrence Payne.

In a defended hearing Crawford, 47 and Trinder, 45, both pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mr Payne, 40, at his house on March 20.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said a single punch by Crawford lacerated Mr Payne's tongue before the pair fled in her car.

Mr Payne said he told Trinder to "get the f**k out, you're not welcome" because she had taken things.

"She says she was going to get a group of blokes to come back and bash me," he said.

Assault victim Lawrence Payne.
Assault victim Lawrence Payne.

"I was worried. I waited outside on the seat. I didn't want men coming into my house with the kids inside."

"Three or four minutes later she arrived in her Ford Fiesta, Chris was with her.

"He jumped out and he punched me in the head.

"Chris did say I shouldn't hit women. I didn't know what he was talking about. We are family... I didn't expect to be smacked in the head."

In evidence, Trinder's daughter Tegan Wise said she heard her mother say "she was going to get a car load full of blokes and come back".

"Chris said he was going to kill the lot of us," she said.

"He said you pushed Tricia or something like that but I never saw Lawrence touch my mum."

Mr Clarke found the evidence of Crawford and Trinder to be false accounts given on oath, "self-serving, conflicted and at times incapable of belief".

"You displayed a relative lawless attitude on the day," he told them.

"You should both be ashamed to carry on like this," he said.

Mr Clarke said Crawford had eight prior convictions for violence.

Christopher Crawford at court.
Christopher Crawford at court.

He sentenced Crawford to six months Intensive Corrections Order, saying it was not a soft option.

Trinder was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid community service work and will be on supervised probation for three years.

He told her that what she did was not a good look, saying, "You must behave in a more lady-like, mature way."

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