Woman punched for staring

MAGISTRATE Tina Previtera told a woman charged with serious assault if we all punched someone who shared at us "it would be anarchy on the streets".

Lorana May Lepaio didn't like the way a woman had been staring at her when the pair were at Caneland Central on October 17 in 2014.

The victim told police she knew Lepaio, which was why she was looking in her direction.

However, Lepaio rushed to the woman and punched her in the right eye, prosecutor James Grehan said.

The 24-year-old New Zealand national then punched the woman twice more in the face and ran off.

Mr Grehan said prosecution was seeking that a conviction be recorded.

Lepaio pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Duty solicitor Chelsea Cross, of Legal Aid Queensland, told the Mackay Magistrates Court Lepaio believed the woman had often "stared her down".

Lepaio, who had been diagnosed and was on medication for psychosis, hadn't been in the right state of mind and had "reacted badly" on this day, Ms Cross said.

Ms Previtera disagreed with Ms Cross' submission that a fine was an appropriate penalty and said Lepaio's conduct was "unprovoked".

Lepaio had pleaded guilty on the first occasion and she had no priors for violence.

Lepaio was sentenced to complete 60 hours of unpaid community service in six months. No conviction was recorded.


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