Facebook threats end in shopping centre assualt
AN ALTERCATION at Gympie Central shopping centre has led to an East Deep Creek woman being charged with assault.
Serena Amy Margison, 18,attacked a woman she had never met at the shopping centre on January 16.
Gympie Magistrates Court heard that while the victim and Margison had never met, there had been family tension between the pair which escalated when Margison sent threatening messages via Facebook.
"I'm gunna slash your face, think I'm all petty talk haha you're dead b****," one message read.
The court heard Margison saw the victim, approached her and pushed her in the back.
An exchange of words between the pair included Margison swearing at the victim and insulting her. Margison then threw a punch at the victim. The punch missed, but Margison scratched the woman's neck.
"I hardly know what to say," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said. "I've already said that ... (any violence) ... can expect jail. This is really anti-social behaviour."
Margison was given six months' probation.