Vicious sisters assault mum and daughter at birthday bash
A TEENAGE mother who joined forces with her sister to viciously beat up a woman at a birthday party has been sentenced over her "appalling" conduct.
Jessie-Anne Houghton attended a party in Stanthorpe on August 11 last year.
Things quickly turned violent when Houghton and her sister, 21-year-old Dusty-Lee Grace Grant, became embroiled in arguments not only with other guests but also with each other.
Police Prosecutor Steve de Lissa this week told the court the duo were asked to leave and responded by starting fights with several people, including the victim's mother.
When the young woman tried to protect her mother Houghton and Grant set upon her.
Grant punched the woman several times against a wall before Houghton interfered, "jumping on" the woman, kicking her and punching her in the face repeatedly.
The victim's father physically removed both of the women from the property.
The assault left the victim with heavy bruising and swelling to her face, eyes, arms and hands.
Defence solicitor Phillip Crook said it was not only the victim who was injured in the attack.
"My client didn't come out of this undamaged and had a bald patch on the side of her head, a split lip and chin and grazed knees from being dragged through the grass by the father," he said.
Magistrate Roger Stark described Houghton's behaviour as "appalling" and encouraged her to consider her two-year-old daughter.
"You should think about if you were sent to jail and what would happen to your child," he said.
Houghton was placed on 12 months probation.
Grant, also a mother of one, was sentenced over the incident in November and ordered to perform 12 months probation and 60 hours of community service.