Woman whacked with a broom in assault
TWO former friends have fallen out in spectacular fashion, with a Bundaberg grandmother using a broom to whack another woman in the head.
In the Bundaberg District Court yesterday Paula Marie Sanders, 47, pleaded guilty to losing her temper and striking Jodie Bugler, after Ms Bugler confronted Sanders at her home in Walkervale and refused to leave.
Crown prosecutor David Nardone accepted there was a degree of provocation but said Sanders' reaction was excessive.
On February 9 last year Ms Bugler mistakenly believed Sanders' son was bullying her daughter. With her daughter in the car, Ms Bugler drove to Sanders home and made the unfounded accusations.
Despite Ms Bugler's daughter asking her mother to leave, Ms Bugler refused to do so and the argument between herself and Sanders escalated.
Picking up a broom, Sanders hit Ms Bugler twice to the head, once to the forehead and once above the right eye.
A victim impact statement was handed to Judge Brian Devereaux but defence barrister Simone Bain asked him not to give it too much weight.
"The complainant failed to recognise it was her own conduct and behaviour that escalated this to get out of control,” she said.
Ms Bain said Sanders was remorseful and sadden by the loss of friendship with Ms Bugler, with the pair having had no contact since the incident.
"They had been very close friends for about two years, including a period of three years when she (Sanders) took the complainant and her children in when they had nowhere else to go,” she said.
In sentencing Sanders, who pleaded guilty to one count of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, Judge Devereaux also accepted there was a degree of provocation but said it was Saunders' reaction to the situation that landed her in court.
"If you hadn't reacted with such force when your former friend came to your house... you probably wouldn't be here today,” he said.
"She came fired up in defence of her daughter.
"When she wouldn't leave you lost your temper and hit her with a broom.”
Sanders was sentenced to 60 hours community service but a conviction was not recorded.