Mother free from assault charges
A GYMPIE mother who flicked a fuel additive on a high school student during a dispute over a Facebook page comment, and also assaulted a police officer in a separate incident last month, has walked free from court.
Deborah Ann Forrester, 37, appeared in the Gympie Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to four months prison with immediate parole after being convicted on five charges.
The charges related to an assault of a Gympie State High School student on June 8, and the assault of a police officer on June 20.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court Forrester had “intercepted” a dispute over the phone between her teenage daughter and the 16-year-old victim of the assault.
She then drove to Gympie State High School in the early afternoon to sort the issue out with the girl.
Police said Forrester stopped her vehicle outside the school, yelled at the victim and threw sticks and stones at her over the school fence while her children watched from the car, the court heard.
Forrester, a single mother of five, then took a bottle containing fuel additive from the car and flicked it on to the victim, who suffered severe burns to her left hand.
Defence solicitor Leanne Gordon said Forrester had gone to the school “in a rage” after the victim posted derogatory statements about her daughter on Facebook.
Forrester was also convicted of assaulting Gympie police Sergeant Michael Curran at the police station on June 20.
Snr Const Manns said she obstructed police when she refused arrest by biting Sgt Curran’s forearm and kneeing him in the groin.
Magistrate Dennis Beutel ordered Forrester to complete 12 months probation and fined her $200 on the police assault charges.