Women assaulted over rumours



A GLADSTONE woman punched two women in the face for spreading rumours about her, Gladstone Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

Jessica Lois Partington pleaded guilty to two charges of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Graham Seabrook said Partington was at a licensed venue on October 20 when she had an argument with a 20-year-old female acquaintance.

Shortly after, Partington punched the complainant across the bridge of her nose causing it to bleed instantly.

It became black, swollen and numb and the woman was still recovering from the injury, Sgt Seabrook said.

The defendant was at the same venue on November 26 when she saw a second complainant, an 18-year-old who she had gone to school with.

The complainant was crossing the street when she heard someone running after her.

She was then crash-tackled to the ground.

The 18-year-old's pony tail was pulled so she was facing Partington, whom she then recognised.

Partington punched her eight to 10 times in the face and kneed the side of her head.

The injuries caused the 18-year-old severe swelling and bruising.

Partington later admitted committing the two assaults in an interview with police.

She said she had attacked the women because she "snapped'' when she thought they were spreading rumours about her.

Defence solicitor Stacey O'Gorman said the first complainant had antagonised Partington in the lead-up to the assault.

"It wasn't all a one-way street,'' Ms O'Gorman said.

Partington instructed she did not have an anger management problem and could normally let rumours wash over her, but in this instance she believed the complainants said Partington was spreading diseases.

Magistrate Joan White fined Partington $500 and ordered she pay each complainant $300 criminal compensation. The conviction was recorded.



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