Car park rage erupts after motorist 'steals' spot

Two women got into a stoush over who had the right to a Toowoomba car park.
Two women got into a stoush over who had the right to a Toowoomba car park. Kevin Farmer

CAR PARK rage which led to an altercation between two women drivers has cost a teenager a $1000 fine.

Police prosecutor Alistair Windsor told Toowoomba Magistrates Court the complainant woman had been waiting in her car for another driver to reverse out of a car park at Grand Central Shopping Centre about 10.30am, September 15.

However, after that driver reversed out of the car park, another car driven by Vashti Sarai Walong had swooped from the other direction into the parking space.

Angry the parking spot had been snatched from her, the complainant got out of her car and approached the now parked 19-year-old seated in her driver's seat.

During the ensuing altercation, Walong had reached out of her driver's window and struck the other woman three times to the face, Senior Constable Windsor said.

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The teenager had then alighted from her vehicle, walked over to the other woman's car and kicked the driver's door though no restitution was sought, he said.

Both women remained at the scene where they were spoken to by police, the court heard.

Walong pleaded guilty to common assault and wilful damage.

Her lawyer Kevin Rose told the court his client had no previous offences at all and that the incident was not all one way traffic.

Mr Rose said his client instructed she had been waiting for that same parking space for some time and that the complainant had approached his client calling her names and opening his client's door aggressively.

Magistrate Damian Carroll accepted it was out of character for the 19-year-old university student who he said had a bright future in front of her and so ordered the convictions not be recorded.

However, Mr Carroll said a message had to sent to the community that such behaviour would not be tolerated by the courts and fined her $1000.

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