Mum lost unborn baby after attack

AN IPSWICH woman miscarried her unborn child after her partner's ex bashed her outside a shopping centre.

Krystle-Lee Buttigieg, 25, was initially charged with assaulting a pregnant female and destroying life after a vicious fight outside Foodworks Redbank Plains.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard Buttigieg had broken up with her long-term partner and he started a relationship with Tiffany Levitt, 26.

The couple were expecting a baby when on July 4, Buttigieg and her new partner, who was Ms Levitt's ex, went to do some shopping with Ms Levitt's son Jessi-Jawn.

Buttigieg and her partner got out of their car and the accused filmed the attack, which started when Buttigieg kneed Ms Levitt in the stomach.

Ms Levitt fought back, almost dropping Jessi-Jawn in the process, and witnesses saw the women pulling each other's hair on the bonnet of a car.

Buttigieg eventually left and Levitt miscarried her unborn baby, the court heard.

When police searched Buttigieg's home and seized her phone and laptop, they told her Ms Levitt had lost the child.

She was arrested and granted bail and after further investigations the charge was reduced to common assault.

The court heard that the loss of the unborn baby could not be definitely linked to the attack.

Buttigieg pleaded not guilty to the offence but was found guilty before Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist after trial.

Buttigieg represented herself and when questioning Ms Levitt, it became clear there was severe animosity between the pair.

Mr Stjernqvist said while Buttigieg argued she was somehow provoked into assaulting Ms Levitt, if she had not gotten out of the car the fight would not have happened.

"The defendant escalated what was already a nasty (situation)," Mr Stjernqvist said.

Buttigieg was fined $400.

Ms Levitt told The Queensland Times there was "nothing more" Buttigieg could do to her now the drama was over.

"We basically swapped exes after I originally met her when I was living with my ex," Ms Levitt said.

"I was letting my ex come over and see his daughter but after a while they started to do my head in. I'm glad it's over."

Topics:  common assault, foodworks redbank plains, ipswich magistrates court, krystle-lee buttigieg



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