A WARRNAMBOOL magistrate has warned a woman who punched her victim in the mouth at Lake Pertobe on Australia Day that the court would not tolerate such behaviour.
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Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt pointed out to Brook Moana Collier, 20, of Princes Highway, that a man involved in similar behaviour had been sentenced to serve two years and six months in prison.

Collier pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury and was convicted and fined $1000.

Police alleged that on Australia Day this year the victim was discussing ongoing issues with a mutual friend at Lake Pertobe.

Collier approached her friend and asked if the victim was giving her a hard time. The victim asked Collier her to leave them alone so they could keep talking, to which Collier replied: “I don’t want to talk this out, I want to fight it out.”

She then punched the victim to the mouth, cutting her lip and swung a number of punches the victim was able to deflect.

A large group of people then gathered around the women and encouraged them to fight before the victim fled and contacted police.

Collier told police the victim had kicked her first and called her a derogatory name.

Mr Klestadt said the community was appalled that anyone would consider it appropriate to get drunk and fight on Australia Day. He said the court had to condemn such behaviour in the strongest possible terms.

The magistrate also warned Collier that if she continued to to drink alcohol and engage in violence she would end up in jail.

Mr Klestadt said that in a recent Court of Appeal case a 25-year-old man had been jailed for two years and six months for bashing his victim.

He said the victim in that case had two plates and 14 screws inserted in his face to repair injuries.

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