Community service for assault at Kmart Plaza

KMART Plaza is increasingly becoming a location for disputes and violent assaults, the Mount Isa Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

In the third incident since November, Keeharna Dempsey faced court yesterday on one charge of assault after punching another woman in the face within the shopping complex on February 4.

Dempsey pleaded guilty to the charge.

The court heard that the 17-year-old mother held her seven-month-old son as she assaulted the woman, who happened to be her aunt.

The incident stemmed from a Facebook dispute between the family members.

The court heard that after several heated Facebook status posts between the aunt and her niece, Dempsey attended the Kmart Plaza at 4pm on February 4 to confront her aunt and punched her in the face resulting in cuts and abrasions to the victim’s head.

Soon after the incident the police located Dempsey at her home address where she made admissions to the assault.

Magistrate Rod Madsen told Dempsey there were better things she could have done to resolve the issue and said that family members should be encouraging each other to stay away from violence and not inflict it on one another.

Mr Madsen said the Kmart Plaza was increasingly being used as a place of violence.

Dempsey was handed a community service order of 120 hours unpaid work.

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