THE daughter of a Warrnambool man killed in a stabbing has been fined $1000 for bashing and spitting on two women in a city nightclub.
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Kristy Debono, 19, of Price Place, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week to two counts of recklessly causing injury. She was fined $1000 without conviction.

The court heard the women involved in the Gallery nightclub confrontation had a mutual male friend which led to provocative comments on social website Facebook.

Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the attack on the women by Debono was physically unprovoked.

He said he continued to be disturbed by the prevalence of violence which originated from slanging matches on Facebook.

The magistrate said unrestrained comments made on such websites were of great concern and education was needed unless further damage was to be caused to the fabric of the community.

Mr Klestadt said violence was never an acceptable way to resolve personal issues.

He said people were entitled to feel safe in public places and should not think that they were at risk of being attacked.

The magistrate said once violence began there could be unintended consequences including serious injury or even death.

Mr Klestadt said that during the almost three years he had being sitting in Warrnambool, violence in the Whalers Hotel, the Gallery nightclub and Timor Street in general had been a key issue and he had handed down significant penalties, including imprisonment.

He said people involved in such violence had to be aware they were in serious trouble and he noted that an increasing number of women were becoming involved in such anti-social behaviour.

Police alleged that on July 31 last year that the two women victims were at the Gallery nightclub in Timor Street when Debono entered the premises about 12.30am.

Debono argued with one woman and when another woman intervened Debono spat in her face and grabbed her hair.

Debono then punched the first woman to the mouth and when the other woman returned she was taken to ground and punched to the head. The victims suffered minor injuries.

Debono told police she didn’t know what she was doing after drinking alcohol.

Defence counsel John Perry said that at the time of the assaults Debono had been kicked out of home by her mother, his client had broken up with a longtime boyfriend and her maternal grandmother had passed away.

He asked that a conviction not be recorded and he described the confrontation as fleeting.

Mr Parry said that in 2005 Debono’s father was stabbed and killed, which led to a man being jailed for seven years.

The police also applied for and were granted an exclusion order which bans Debono from attending licensed premises in central Warrnambool been 10pm and 6am for six months.

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