Drunk mum punches two women in the head
A SINGLE mother-of-four has been encouraged to reconsider drinking for the next two years after pleading guilty to punching two women - including her own cousin - in the head on a drunken night out.
Mandy Lee Hart, 32, pleaded guilty in the Bundaberg District Court on Wednesday to two charges of assault causing bodily harm and was sentenced for the violent and unexpected street assaults.
Hart's matter was set down for a trial but she pleaded guilty the afternoon before it was scheduled to begin.
Crown prosecutor Sam Bain said there had already been tension between Hart and the victim, whose housemate was believed to have had an affair with the father of Hart's children.
On August 4 last year, the victim and Hart's cousin were sitting on a chair outside the Club Hotel smoking, about 3am.
"The defendant was walking along Bourbong St with (the father of her children)," he said.
"She has walked up to (the victim) who is at that stage talking to (Hart's cousin)."
Mr Bain said Hart then punched the victim two times to the side of the head, causing her to slide down the seat and into the lap of Hart's cousin.
"She has got up and run over to the hotel and sought assistance of security staff," he said.
Mr Bain said Hart then began throwing punches at her own cousin.
"One has connected to the left side of her head," he said.
The first victim received a sprained jaw and Hart's cousin sustained swelling and bruising.
Defence barrister Patrick Wilson said Hart was the sole carer for her four children, aged 11, 10, nine and four.
"On the night in question, she was very intoxicated," he said.
"She is very remorseful about her actions."
Judge Leanne Clare said the community denounced street violence, particularly Hart's behaviour.
"I accept that this was impulsive, a spur-of-the-moment offending," she said.
"Your attack came out of the blue.
"(The first victim) now lives in fear that someone might attack her again."
Judge Clare said there was no doubt Hart had been impaired by alcohol.
"But intoxication is not an excuse," she said.
"If you choose to drink alcohol you will be responsible for the stupid things you do when you're drunk."
For the two assaults, Hart was sentenced to six months' imprisonment, immediately suspended for two years.