GUILTY PLEA: Man almost loses his nose after he is hit in the face with a metal pole.
GUILTY PLEA: Man almost loses his nose after he is hit in the face with a metal pole. Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Victim’s nostril torn off with metal pole

A WOMAN who hit her partner's brother in the face with a metal pole will spend the next year on an intensive correction order.

Kathleen Maree Combo, 40, pleaded guilty to unlawful assault occasioning bodily harm while armed when she appeared in Kingaroy District Court on Wednesday.

In the lead-up to her offence, crown prosecutor Peter O'Connor said Combo went to a house party and yelled abuse at the occupants.

Mr O'Connor said Combo was forcibly removed from the house by her partner's brother but returned just 15 minutes later.

"(She) entered again yelling and swearing," he said.

Mr O'Connor said someone outside the house handed Combo a metal pole and she used it to hit her partner's brother in the face.

"(He) suffered lacerations on his nose, required stitches and antibiotics," he said.

"The left nostril was torn almost completely away from his nose."

Defence counsel Harry Fong said the mother of eight was drinking on the night and was remorseful for what she did.

"She accepts she was loud and intoxicated when she did that," he said.

Judge Fleur Kingham told Combo she was lucky the injuries caused were not more serious.

"The person you injured that night is someone you've known for most of your life," she said.

Judge Kingham said her use of a weapon was very serious but accepted she did not go to the house with the intention to use it.

"That's critical to me," she said.

"If I thought you went there and took the weapon with you, you wouldn't be on the order I'm going to place you on."

Judge Kingham ordered Combo to serve a 12-month intensive correction order, with specific requirements.

"One is that you are assessed medically and psychologically and that you undergo the treatment advised by the medical specialist," she said.

"And you will undergo treatment for alcohol dependence, programs with anger and conflict in relationships."

If Combo breached the order, Judge Kingham said, she would spend the remainder of her term in prison.

A conviction was recorded.

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