Punch during Norman Gardens brawl sets bad example

MAGISTRATE Cameron Press yesterday told Barbara Estelle Gela she had failed to set a good example for her children after becoming involved in a brawl in a Norman Gardens street.

Gela, 39, was trying to make sure her kids didn't take part in the fight when she became involved herself, punching two women in the face.

It was all part of a street brawl which erupted in Pfitzemaier St on Thursday, January 1.

Gela pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday to two counts of common assault.

She also pleaded guilty to one count of failing to appear before the court on June 10.

Police prosecutor Danita Clarke said Gela punched one woman in the face with a clenched fist.

The court heard the second victim, the first woman's daughter, had been punched by Gela when she went to help her mother.

Defence solicitor Shayne Studdert said the mother of seven had been caught up in the situation when her children and several friends went to the address, where tensions between the two groups flared.

He said Gela had not been the only person throwing punches.

Mr Press described the brawl as an "unsavoury episode" and said it was no way for parents to behave in front of their children.

"You're lucky you aren't facing more serious charges," he told Gela.

"You fail here in setting an example (for your children)."

Gela was sentenced to 12 months' probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service within six months.



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