No winners as women's pokies night ends in all out brawl
A JACKPOT misfired with no winners when a mum's fun night out on the pokies with her two daughters erupted into mayhem.
Meagan Martin wrestled a woman on the floor and her two daughters, Chloe Matters and Kaitlyn Matters, each kicked the woman while she was down.
The fight was apparently triggered when the woman's husband put a reserved sign on a poker machine he was using.
The woman protested when she saw Kaitlyn Matters remove the reserved sign.
CCTV footage of the violence was shown to the Ipswich court by prosecutor Sergeant Trent Voigt after Martin, 41, from Augustine Heights, Chloe, 19, from McDowall, and Kaitlyn, 20, from Augustine Heights, all pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm to the woman when in company.
The offences happened at a Springfield Lakes hotel at 9.45pm on May 31.
Sgt Voigt said hotel staff called police to complain about a group of females fighting in the gaming room and who were separated by other patrons.
Officers arrived to find the three women outside.
He said the female victim had facial lacerations and told police her husband put the reserved sign on the poker machine to walk to the bar.
She saw Kaitlyn remove the sign and told her not to remove the sign.
Then Martin swore, saying "what the f--- you saying?" yelling at her and going right up to her face.
Sgt Voigt said the woman felt threatened and pushed Martin in the chest.
Martin threw a drink into the woman's face.
The next thing the victim remembers is being on the floor and being kicked.
The footage shows Chloe quickly getting off a stool where she was playing a poker machine and running over to where her mother was fighting with the woman on the floor.
Both Kaitlyn and Chloe kicked the woman.
Sgt Voigt said the woman suffered grazes, bruises and pain to her left shoulder and attended a medical centre for treatment.
He said what began as a scuffle became serious as the woman was kicked in the head, but thankfully resulted in relatively minor injuries.
Lawyer for the two sisters Travis Finter said they accepted what they did was excessive, and to be frank - dangerous.
He said they saw their mother in an altercation and went to intervene and assist her but accept their behaviour went beyond that.
"They characterise it as a knee-jerk reaction. They essentially snapped," Mr Finter said.
Magistrate David Shepherd said their behaviour was entirely inappropriate but to record a conviction would unduly and harshly punish them, and affect their social well-being.
He ordered the three women to each complete 150 hours of unpaid community service work.
Convictions were not recorded after taking into account the two daughters' prior lack of history, age, and impact on employment.
Their mother, who has a new job, did not have a conviction recorded against her either.