Woman faces court for alleged candle holder attack

A 22-year-old Cherbourg woman has landed in jail after allegedly attacking her partner on two separate occasions with a candle holder, a metal bar and a USB cable.

The woman, who is facing two domestic violence charges of assault occasioning bodily harm and contravening a domestic violence order as an aggravated offence, appeared in Murgon Magistrates Court, handcuffed at the bar table.

On November 16, police allege the 22-year-old woman went to the aggrieved's home, picked up a metal bar and struck him on the left arm, left leg and head.

The victim locked himself in a bedroom and the woman allegedly smashed the door open with the metal bar.

The victim fell on the floor and the defendant allegedly hit him a number of times with the metal bar and a USB cable.

Nine days later, on November 25, police allege the defendant went to the victim's home again and assaulted him with a candle holder.

According to police, the defendant threw the candle holder at the victim's face, causing a laceration to his eyebrow, and then she hit him on the back of the head with an unknown object, which caused a second laceration.

In her submissions for bail, defence lawyer Margaret Crowther said the defendant had two young children in her care.

"She's here in court with her mother and father, and if her bail application is approved, we ask that she be bailed to her parents' home in Cherbourg.

"She does have some serious charges on her history, but she doesn't have a lengthy criminal history," Ms Crowther said.

"She's being supported by probation and parole and is seeing AODS (Alcohol and Other Drugs Service) weekly."

Ms Crowther said her client had a serious addiction to ice.

"If she gets bail, she's going to commit to doing anything she can to remain in the community, stay away from the aggrieved by living with her parents, and focus on the care of her two young children."

Ms Crowther told the court that the defendant was actually at her own home when the victim came to her house and started arguing with her.

"She does have issues with anger and she reacts, but she didn't seek him out," she said.

Prosecutor Pepe Gangemi said that according to the QP9 (official police court brief), the defendant did go to the victim's house.

"The first assault was prolonged, a metal bar was used to strike the aggrieved... He ran into the master bedroom and locked the door, the defendant smashed the door with the metal object until it separated open... It was a prolonged assault that used violence to get in through a door to further assault him.

"I will concede that in relation to the November 25 offence, the defendant says she was shoved and pushed and punched and that is when the victim has run out and she has thrown the cup," Sgt Gangemi said.

"There is some retaliation but in both cases it is clearly initiated by the defendant, and there have been implements used to cause significant injury to the victim."

Sgt Gangemi said the matter was exacerbated by the fact these offences were committed while the defendant was on parole for a wounding charge.

"The DVO has not curbed her offending and simply moving to her parents' residence unfortunately is not going to diminish the risk that the defendant presents by her continued drug use and her perpetuation of violence against the victim.

"I submit, your honour, that she hasn't really shown cause and that there is too much risk to the aggrieved."

In considering the bail application, Magistrate Louise Pink said a proper hearing would determine whether the offending took place at the defendant's home or at the victim's home.

"I can accept that it is contested, but the sergeant tells me from the QP9 that she went to his house both times so I will be going in accordance with the prosecution's case," she said.

"The fact of the matter is that both of these offences are alleged to have occurred while the defendant is on parole for an offence of wounding against exactly the same aggrieved.

"I accept that there's domestic violence from both of them, but she has actually used implements and she has caused actual bodily harm."

Magistrate Pink said the woman could face lengthy jail terms if she is convicted of the offences.

"I consider you to be an unacceptable risk or committing further offences and an unacceptable risk to the aggrieved," she said.

"Cause is not shown, bail is refused and you will be remanded in custody."

The woman is due to appear via videolink from prison on December 5.

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