Mum and daughter attack at mall

A WOMAN and her mother bashed a man in the Ipswich Mall in an “appalling” and “disgusting” attack.

Kylie Gloria Blay, 18, joined the ambush after her mother and her then-boyfriend laid the first blows on the victim.

Ipswich Magistrate’s Court was told Blay, her mother Kerrianne Webb, 40, and her now ex-boyfriend Nathan John Graham, 22, heard their victim was at the opposite end of the mall on October 23 and ran to him.

Webb verbally abused the man and then hit him and Graham tried to hold his head to “make it easier for him to be attacked”.

Blay then kneed the victim in the face several times and repeatedly slammed his head into a shop window.

A security guard intervened and police were quickly on the scene.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kerry Allison said Blay showed no remorse over the attack.

Blay pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm and was put on an intensive correction order for nine months.

She claimed she attacked the man because he had allegedly assaulted a girl two years ago.

Her mother was previously dealt with in court for the attack and received 12 months probation.

Graham, who made headlines three days after the assault for jumping in front of a train because he was late for a doctor’s appointment, received a three-month suspended jail sentence and 12 months probation for the attack.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum told Blay her offences showed an immature attitude.

“This is disgusting behaviour and absolutely appalling,” Ms MacCallum said.

“It’s a prime example of why people shouldn’t take the law into their own hands. You have no control over your emotions.”

Blay also pleaded guilty to wilful damage, stealing and trespassing and was placed on 18 months probation.

Earlier in October Blay had stolen a stranger’s letterbox on a whim, threw it on the train tracks at Booval and then poured a liquid into a payphone because she “believed it was faulty”.

She was also ordered to pay $50 to replace the letterbox.

Defence lawyer Justin Thomas said his client, the mother of a two-year-old, had received little guidance from her own mother.



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