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"Enraged" woman smashes fish tank, TV and wall

A MOTHER who was so "enraged" when she found out some of her son's possessions had gone missing in a rental house that she smashed a fish tank, a TV and damaged a wall has been fined.

Tracey Lee Abbott, 43, yesterday pleaded guilty at the Ipswich Magistrates Court to wilful damage.

The court heard on September 11, 2012, Abbott was with her two sons in a house in Goodna where one of the sons had been a boarder.

The son was moving out of the house and Abbott and her other son came to help him move his belongings.

During the move the court heard Abbott discovered some of her son's possessions were missing and she became enraged.

Abbott kicked and smashed a glass fish tank before hitting an LCD TV, knocking it into a wall and cracking the screen.

The court heard the TV was hit with such force that it struck and damaged the wall behind it.

According to the police prosecution, Abbott was so enraged the two other residents of the house locked themselves in their rooms to escape her.

Due to the damage done to the wall by Abbott, the residents did not get the bond back from their rental agency.

Defence lawyer Yasser Khan told the court Abbott was embarrassed for her behaviour and had apologised through her son to the residents of the house the day after the incident.

He said Abbott "became enraged" when she found out things were missing.

There has been no contact between Abbott and the two men since and Abbott had not paid for any of the damage done.

The court heard she had no criminal history, and hadn't acted in this way before. Despite the incident taking place in 2012, the court heard Abbott had only been charged on New Year's Day earlier this month.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said Abbott's behaviour was "simply unacceptable". She ordered Abbott to pay a $500 fine.

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