Woman will spend two months in jail for bashing her mum

A YOUNG Gympie woman who bashed her mother during a drunken fury will spend two months behind bars.

The 25-year-old offender, whose name is withheld to protect her mother's identity, appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court last week for the offence, which breached a domestic violence order.

Her mother sat in the court room to support the woman during proceedings.

The court heard the woman was five times the legal driving limit when she punched her mother in the head and grabbed her hair during an argument.

The defendant's lawyer, Mark Oliver, said with a reading of 0.26, his client was so grossly affected by alcohol that she was unaware of what she was doing. He said the altercation was fuelled by alcohol and borne out of his client's belief that her mother was having sex with her boyfriend, who was in jail.

The woman was also charged with obstructing police when, after her arrest, she resisted being moved to a padded cell for her own safety.

Magistrate M. Baldwin told the woman her behaviour had to change despite her family circumstances.

"For someone so young it is absolutely distressing to be brought before the court for a... vicious attack on your mother," she said.

"You are an alcoholic and I know your family circumstances, but you can't survive on that for your whole life. Only one person can break the chain."

Both mother and daughter wept when the woman was jailed.

She was sentenced to four months, to serve two, and issued two years probation to follow.

Gympie Times


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