Mother’s visit turns nasty after slapping daughter

WHEN Rockhampton's Kaylene Janette Mason turned up at her daughter's house one morning it wasn't to bake cookies and watch Gilmore Girls.

It was to get the money back that her 24-year-old daughter owed her, but she probably didn't expect that visit to land her in court.

The local mother and school worker pleaded guilty to assault in the Rockhampton Magistrate Court on Thursday after striking her daughter in the face.

Prosecutor Danita Clarke told the court Mason, 46, and her daughter got into a heated argument at a Park Avenue residence on August 30.

"At 10.30am Mason was visiting her daughter's home in Metcalf St when the pair started arguing," Ms Clarke said.

"Mason struck her daughter in the face with her right palm which made her daughter's mouth bleed. She admitted to slapping her daughter and said 'she's lucky that's all she got.'"

Mason, who represented herself in court, told Magistrate Jeff Clarke the argument had broke out over finanical issues.

"She owned me money and after a month of not being paid and her ignoring my calls I went over there to talk to her," Mason said.

"She answered the door and asked me what I was doing there and I told her I was there for the money. She started yelling at me that I had done nothing for her in her life so I turned around smacked her in the mouth and told her to grow up."

Magistrate Jeff Clarke was not impressed.

"Violence is not a way to resolve family disputes," he said.

Mason was sentened to a good behaviour bond for two months and ordered to pay $200 if she breached that bond.

No conviction was recorded.



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