CHLOE May Carter, 19, was handed a heavy fine after she was convicted of reckless grievous bodily harm for punching a woman in the face four times at the Hotel Orange earlier this year.
Ms Carter has 28 days to pay a $2000 fine imposed by Magistrate Terry Lucas for the assault on February 24, which left the victim in hospital.
Police used CCTV footage taken at the hotel in evidence, which showed the victim falling backwards off a chair after being assaulted. The actual assault was not captured, as the accused and the victim were obscured from the camera by a large umbrella over the area.
The victim suffered two fractures to the face in the assault and was initially treated at Orange hospital before being transferred to Nepean hospital for specialist treatment.
Putting forward a defence for his client, solicitor Michael Madden handed up several references attesting to the good character of his client.
“My client was intoxicated and it was out of character as she doesn’t usually drink,” he said.
Mr Madden said his client regretted her actions, which occurred when a conversation between the two, while they were sitting in the smoking area of the hotel, became heated.
“This was a one-off and I have spoken to my client about anger management issues,” Mr Madden said.
Mr Lucas used the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones” when addressing the accused, saying Ms Carter should not have allowed the verbal exchange to escalate.
“Someone ends up with two fractures and in hospital and you end up here,” he said to Ms Carter.
“I accept that you don’t normally drink and this was alcohol-fuelled.
“If you go out drinking and do this then you can afford to pay a fine.”