Dancing queen's vicious assault

A PARTY girl's quest to become the dancing queen of a nightclub has landed her in court for a vicious assault.

Kristy Lee Connors, 20, from Lockyer Waters, was celebrating her birthday at the Cocktails and Dreams Nightclub at Surfers Paradise with friends on September 17.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Bill Stothard said there were two separate groups of girls, not known to each other, dancing at the club.

A couple of girls were dancing on a podium near the dance floor when Connors jumped up on it.

Connors then started mimicking the dancing of the victim before knocking her off the podium and assaulting her.

Snr Const Stothard said Connors pulled the victim's hair and unleashed several punches to her head.

After leaving the club the victim went to police.

The victim sought medical treatment for bruising to her eyes, chin, face and knees, and a tender scalp from where Connors had pulled her hair.

This week Connors pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to one charge of common assault. Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough said his client had no recollection of the assault as she had been heavily intoxicated.

He said Connors had been co-operative with police and had no criminal history.

Magistrate Michael Quinn said he accepted Connors was "grossly affected by alcohol" but that was something she had control over. He said Connors would be "embarrassed and ashamed".

Connors was released on a $500, six month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $200 compensation to the victim.

No conviction was recorded.



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