Jail time for Rockhampton woman who wounded friend as they argued over her lost mobile phone.
Jail time for Rockhampton woman who wounded friend as they argued over her lost mobile phone. Barry Leddicoat

After 'copious amounts of rum', woman can't remember knife attack

HE HAD been slashed with a knife, but didn't realised until he looked down and saw the blood.

By that time, Marcia Lynette Tobane had fled the scene.

The 29-year-old yesterday pleaded guilty in Rockhampton District Court to unlawful wounding after a verbal argument escalated to physical injury.

Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence said Tobane was at a friend's house on May 20 last year but was asked to leave as her behaviour escalated.

She said Tobane had misplaced her phone and started searching the house.

As Tobane and her friend argued, a cutlery drawer was pulled out of a cupboard and fell onto the floor.

The court heard Tobane grabbed a knife from the fallen drawer and slashed her friend.

Ms Lawrence said the man was taken to hospital, but did not need stitches for the "relatively minor” 5cm-wide wound.

"She (Tobane) can be under no illusion as to the seriousness and threat to life her actions pose,” Ms Lawrence said.

Defence barrister Ross LoMonaco said Tobane had limited recollection of the incident, after drinking "copious amounts of rum” that day.

He said she was on parole for a similar offence at the time, but the incident wasn't pre-meditated.

"The wound seems to be more consistent with a slashing motion rather than a pushing or stabbing motion,” Mr LoMonaco said.

The court was told the victim didn't even realise he had been injured initially.

"Her remorse is genuinely expressed,” Mr LoMonaco said.

Judge Michael Burnett sentenced Tobane to two years and nine months in prison. She is eligible for parole on March 21.



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