Mum punched woman in face at bus stop in unprovoked attack

A YOUNG mother who punched a woman in the face at a bus stop has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Sammy Jay Clay, 22, pleaded guilty in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court to assault occasioning bodily harm, which happened at the bus stop at Station Square in Maryborough on April 15, 2012.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nicole Kunkel said Clay punched the victim in the mouth before getting on the bus to Hervey Bay.

Clay told police when the bus was intercepted she thought the victim had been speaking badly about her.

Clay admitted she could not hear anything the victim said, but told police "she could read lips", Snr Const Kunkel said.

The victim suffered a swollen lip and some bleeding, the court heard.

Clay's legal representative said the mother of four was remorseful for her actions and had no similar offences of violence.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell accepted this but noted the attack was unprovoked.

Mr Tatnell sentenced Clay to 100 hours of community service and 18 months of probation.



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