'Skin-full' of alcohol blamed for on-camera assault

ALCOHOL was blamed for a brazen assault that left a 50-year-old woman bruised and battered.

The Murgon Magistrates Court heard Cynthia Alice Georgetown had a "skin-full" of alcohol when she started arguing with Patrica Conlon at the Westpac Bank ATM on June 8, 2018.

Police Prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said the victim left the bank and walked to the Star Liquor store on Lamb St, Murgon.

"The victim was talking to a friend nearby," he said.

"Whilst talking to a friend, (Georgetown) has said, 'I'm going to flog you'."

The victim said she didn't want to fight and before she had a chance to react, Georgetown allegedly punched her in the face.

Georgetown continued to throw punches and the victim backed away with her hands in the air.

She then acted in self defense and punched Georgetown in the face.

The Magistrates Court heard the fight was captured on CCTV.

Defense lawyer Mark Oliver said his client admitted to an earlier problem with alcohol but thought it was now under control.

"It was a drunken episode," Mr Oliver said.

"She can hardly remember the incident."

Magistrate Louisa Pink told Georgetown: "While you were drunk, it is not a defense.

"It's a circumstance of aggravation, it makes the matter worse."

After pleading guilty to assault causing bodily harm and an unrelated stealing charge, Georgetown was sentenced to a two-month suspended jail term and 40 hours of community service.

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