Hot water lands woman in court

TOOWOOMBA woman Achiena Machol provided a baptism of fire for a man she claimed had been harassing her when she poured boiling water over him.

Sudanese-born Machol, 21, was at home in her upstairs unit on West St on March 7 when the complainant man arrived to visit a tenant in the unit below, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.

As he approached the unit, Machol had taken a kettle of boiling water and poured it over him from above.

Prosecutor Sergeant Tony Costa said the man, also of Sudanese origin, sustained second degree burns to his shoulder and back.

Machol had failed to appear in court on the charge of assault occasioning bodily harm, but was picked up by police when arrested for drink-driving with a reading of 0.162 on West St on Wednesday night.

Having spent the night in custody, she appeared in court yesterday and pleaded guilty to both charges.

Her solicitor, Shane MacDonald, said his client had known the complainant man for about five months before the incident and claimed he had been harassing her and bullying her sister.

She claimed her complaints to police about the man had resolved nothing and when she saw him that day frustration had got the better of her and she grabbed a hot kettle and poured the water on him, he said.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck placed Machol on 12 months probation and disqualified her from driving for 10 months.



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