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‘Brain snap’ and violent attack after toilet paper runs out

BEING caught with no toilet paper is enough to upset anyone but a Kilkivan woman recently took it to the extreme.

Gympie Magistrates Court heard last Monday that Daniele Brenda Sargent, 47, reached the end of her roll on May 8 while staying at the Kilkivan Hotel for a friend's celebration.

Sargent approached the female victim, who worked at the hotel behind the bar, to report no toilet paper in the women's toilets.

As the hotel employee entered the toilets to check the toilet paper, Sargent followed and attacked from behind, the court heard.

She pulled the victim's hair, punched and stomped on her feet, causing bruising and lacerations.

The court was told of a history of animosity between both parties.

Prosecution said the victim was assaulted while at work and reminded the court that violence "can and does attract prison sentences".

Magistrate M Baldwin was told Sargent had previously been put on probation in court and that a clear deterrent was sought.

Sargent's lawyer said his client was "embarrassed" as she had attended the Kilkivan Hotel with the intention of joining in her friend's celebrations.

"She was drinking but was not drunk," the lawyer said.

The alcohol that had been consumed, however, may have "contributed to a brain snap".

Sargent's lawyer said she was standing close to the victim in the women's toilet and "thought something was happening to her".

"There was no intention to cause problems," the lawyer said.

"It was a moment of madness and she knows that behaviour is not tolerated and she won't return to the hotel."

Mrs Baldwin accepted the early guilty plea and referenced numerous cases of one punch being able to kill.

"Imagine had she (the victim) fallen and died by the way she fell," Mrs Baldwin said. "That's the reality and the message needs must be strong and clear."

Mrs Baldwin said Sargent's crime was one of violence and a jail term was warranted.

The Kilkivan woman was given a month's prison suspended for nine months, pleading guilty to a charge of assault occasioning bodily harm. A conviction was recorded.

Gympie Times

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