Drama in court

AFTER hearing the story about love gone wrong from a man up on an assault charge, Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said she was not put in her position to do a Dr Phil or an Oprah Winfrey but told him bashing someone for the reasons he gave was “not the right course to take”.

Then, when a woman appeared before her for a similar charge, she said the session in court was beginning to sound like an episode of the Jerry Springer Show.

Phillip Garnett Finlay, pleaded guilty this week to assault occasioning bodily harm while in company from an incident at Nelson Reserve on May 8. He said he felt “rage and adrenalin” when he confronted a man about making inappropriate advances towards his former fiancé.

Finlay, 20, said he didn’t have an alcohol problem or anger management issues but told the court he was taking revenge for wrong-doings done behind his back. The court heard it was his first offence and Finlay, of Stumm Road, Southside, was told to learn how to deal with these types of situations without resorting to violence. He was placed on probation for six months.

In a separate matter, Samantha Kim Matthews pleaded guilty to common assault and said, “I just don’t get on with her – that’s about it” when asked why she did it. Matthews was charged on April 7 after she hit a woman and pulled her hair in a shopping centre car park.

“There’d be a lot of slapping going on if we hit everyone we didn’t like,” Mrs Baldwin said and Matthews began explaining what caused her to lash out. She said she had asked a male friend for a lift and was told he didn’t have enough petrol to take her. She gave him money and got the lift but the next thing she knew, he was driving another woman around town with the fuel she paid for.

Matthews confronted them in Centro car park and a fight broke out. She was charged with common assault. She was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for six months with no conviction recorded when she appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court.

“No doubt you have every right to be angry (but) now you’re the one in trouble. Don’t end up like a doormat, move on,” Mrs Baldwin said.

Gympie Times


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