Woman found guilty of assault on sister's love rival’s dad
A JURY has found one of two sisters charged with assaulting the father of her sister's apparent love rival guilty following a trial at Ipswich District Court this week.
In the verdict, Natalie Ann Middleton, 36, from Helidon was found not guilty of assaulting Gavin Sutton at his home in Lower Tenthill on April 17, 2019.
However, the jury found her sister, Melanie Maree Middleton, 33, guilty of assaulting Mr Sutton.
In court evidence Natalie had been seeing a man who previously dated Mr Sutton's daughter Kelly.
The Middleton sisters followed Kelly Sutton home earlier that evening after seeing her in Helidon.
The sisters stood trial on charges alleging they attempted to enter a dwelling with intent at night/threatening violence when armed with a knife at Lower Tenthill on April 17, 2019; and two charges of common assault.
After completion of prosecution evidence, Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren SC instructed the jury that it must find both sisters not guilty of the attempted burglary charge because the case was not made out in the evidence heard by the court in the Crown prosecution case.
The jury formally found them not guilty of that more serious charge.
For the offence of common assault, Judge Horneman-Wren sentenced Melanie Middleton to an 18-month supervised probation order.
He extended the operation period of a previous suspended sentence for unrelated offences.