‘Repeatedly slapped’: Neighbour spat turns violent



A NEIGHBOURHOOD spat on a tiny suburban cul-de-sac has landed in court with a woman found guilty of assaulting two men who lived next door, one aged in his 70s.

Jingru Liu, 45, became so enraged by the pair who had arrived to serve her partner with court documents on August 8 last year, she ran from her house "screaming obscenities" and slapped the couple, who are aged 76 and 53, on the face several times.

During a trial in the Cairns Magistrates Court, the court heard the two couples have been at war in the tiny Smithfield street for almost two years.

The men had served a court document on Ms Liu over the fence, but had to enter her yard to deliver the material to her husband and were attempting to leave when Ms Liu ran in.

"She pushed past her partner, he tried to grab her and hold her back," Magistrate Catherine Benson said.

"It is highly regretful and extremely sad that neighbours can't seem to get along.

"You allowed your anger to boil over."

Police prosecutor Jarrod Prior told the court that by taking the matter to trial, Liu had shown "no remorse and no insight into her offending".

Defence solicitor Monika Leipold argued neither victim was seriously injured.

"It is quite a volatile situation between the neighbours, it has been going on for some time," she said.

Liu was found guilty of two counts of assault, including one with the aggravation of being a person over 60, and fined $1500 with no conviction recorded.

Originally published as 'Repeatedly slapped': Neighbour spat turns violent

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