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Woman pleads guilty to punching Salvos volunteer

A 54-YEAR-OLD woman has been handed a $2000 good behaviour bond after pleading guilty to punching a female Salvation Army volunteer.

Gail Marie Shewan pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to the serious assault of a person over 60 years of age following the incident at the Tom Quinn Centre on January 27 this year.

The court heard about 10am police were called to the centre after the defendant punched the complainant once in the face.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens described the assault as an "outrageous" and "disgusting" act on a person helping other people.

Duty lawyer Mary Buchanan said her client was a mother and grandmother who was deeply sorry for her actions.

Ms Buchanan said at the time Shewan was taking numerous medications which caused her anxiety and her actions were out of character.

She said the defendant and the complaint had an altercation on a previous occasion, about a year prior, which resulted in her client being banned from the centre for 10 months.

Magistrate Aaron Simpson told Shewan mature people should be respected, not set upon.

But he said he didn't expect to see the defendant before the court again as he could tell she was remorseful and ashamed.

Topics:  assault, punching, salvation army, volunteer




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