Friends film as teen punches woman in throat and head
A 17-YEAR-OLD girl who punched another woman in the throat and head while her friends filmed the assault has been fined $500 in Maryborough Magistrates Court.
Tamara Lee Fitzhenry, 17, pleaded guilty to common assault in Maryborough Magistrates Court.
The court heard the victim was walking toward the cinema in the car park of Maryborough Plaza about 6.30pm on December 14 when Fitzhenry approached her.
While her friends held a phone and recorded the assault, Fitzhenry attacked the other teenager, punching her once in the throat and multiple times in the head.
The court heard the victim kept walking, trying to distance herself from the attack.
The court heard Fitzhenry was on a good behaviour bond at the time, which expired two days after the attack.
Defence lawyer Michael Riedel said his client has suffered third degree burns as a three year old.
He said the victim had made jokes about the burns suffered by Fitzhenry on a prior occasion, although not when the attack happened.
"Nothing happened directly preceding the incident," Mr Riedel said.
"She regrets her actions and is extremely worried about the outcome.
"If she sees the complainant again, she will walk away."
Mr Riedel said despite the history between Fitzhenry and the victim, she accepted that what she did was wrong.
"She readily accepts that and makes no excuses for what she's done."
Magistrate John Smith expressed particular concern over the filming of the incident.
"You're a young woman," Mr Smith said.
"I was hoping you'd turned your life around.
"This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable."
He said the filming of the incident was an invasion of privacy that added an extra element of seriousness to the offence.
"You're only 17, you've got your whole life in front of you," Mr Smith said.
A conviction was recorded.