Granny jailed for Gympie assault

A PAPUA New Guinea grandmother was jailed yesterday for bashing another woman with a stick, fracturing her face, when she behaved provocatively with her estranged husband.

But because Lucy Tine, 36, had already served 246 days in custody she was immediately released from her 18-month sentence to allow her to return to her home country.

Maroochydore District Court heard the woman, who was helped by an interpreter in court yesterday, was on a criminal justice visa until the court proceedings had been finalised and was expected to return to her home country immediately.

Crown prosecutor Alex Stark said Ms Tine’s sister lived in Australia and she met her Gympie husband when she came to visit.

He said she returned to marry him but the marriage did not last long and they had domestic violence orders against each other.

Mr Stark said the 49-year-old victim had been drinking with Ms Tine’s husband and another man all day and had told Ms Tine, on the phone, that she was sleeping with both men or that she was a lesbian.

He said Ms Tine had a stick in her hand when she arrived at the Norman Street, Gympie address, after catching a train from Brisbane to Gympie, and knocked a phone out of the victim’s hand.

“She then hit her in the stomach. She fell to the floor and tried to shield herself,” he said.

“(The accused) was targeting her genital area.

“When she sat up, she was hit in the face.”

Mr Stark said the woman rolled over and was hit around the head, body and legs while she hoped Ms Tine would stop.

He said the woman suffered bruising to her eyelid, a puncture wound to her cheek, a 3cm cut to her head and a facial fracture.

“It was a sustained attack in a private residence with a weapon on a woman,” he said.

“It was continued after the complainant went to the floor and laid still to avoid further violence.”

Barrister Kim Bryson said her client – who is caring for her seven-year-old granddaughter – had received a call from her estranged husband while she was in Brisbane, asking her to look after him.

She said her client – who is one of nine siblings and has two children in their 20s in Port Moresby – caught a train north and encountered provocative behaviour from the victim.

Judge David Andrews said the victim was lucky the fracture was not serious but noted Ms Tine’s eight months in custody would have been difficult with no one able to speak pidgeon.

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