NO assault charges were laid against a woman who allegedly started a fight in front of Bakers Delight in Goldfields Plaza on June 23 however, police charged her with committing a public nuisance.
In Gympie Magistrates Court this week, Cynthia Annette Jones, 33, admitted “the whole thing was an unsavoury incident” in which she punched another woman and pulled her hair.
The court heard Jones ran into the woman and an argument started which escalated into a “catfight in the middle of the shopping centre”.
Jones was asked to leave Goldfields Plaza and had since apologised to the plaza’s centre management.
She said she was provoked by the other woman’s behaviour towards her.
“It’s lucky you weren’t charged with assault,” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin told Jones.
“It’s very unnerving (for members of the public) to get caught up in a fight, especially in a shopping centre.”
Jones, of Stephenson Place, Monkland, was placed on a bond to be of good behaviour for six months with the condition she attends counselling services through Lifeline to help her manage her emotions.