Magistrate lashes out at hotel brawlers
Wednesday, 29th April, 2015
A woman who bashed a love rival in a pub has been told it was exactly the type of behaviour the public was “sick and tired” of hearing about.
Kendi Simmons was left bruised and missing some of her hair as a result of what magistrate Geoff Dunlevy yesterday described as a “brazen and disgusting” assault at the hands of Nikita Marie Russell.
The two women had been socialising in separate groups at the Mulga Hill Tavern in September last year when 24-year-old Ms Russell confronted Ms Simmons in the main bar.
According to a police fact sheet tendered to the Local Court, the two had a short conversation before Ms Russell lashed out and punched Ms Simmons twice in the face while holding a plastic cup.
In an effort to defend herself, Ms Simmons tried to grab Ms Russell’s arms but her attacker managed to land a third punch.
Ms Simmons suffered a bruised nose and lost a patch of hair in the attack.
Ms Russell later told security guards who intervened that Ms Simmons had been out with her boyfriend.
Yesterday in the Local Court, after she pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, Mr Dunlevy told her that the community was “sick and tired” of hearing about drunken assaults in hotels.
But he said the attack was out of character and Ms Russell was unlikely to re-offend.
He placed her on a two-year good behaviour bond.