No jail for court fight

A WARRNAMBOOL woman who got into a fight at the city’s court has avoided immediately serving a suspended jail sentence.

Rebecca Harold, 23, of Henry Street, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Koori division of the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, using threatening words and making a threat to kill.

Police said on March 17 both Harold and the victim were at the courthouse. The women were known to each other through a former boyfriend and there was pushing before Harold grabbed the woman and punched her three times to the head.

When the victim fell to the ground, Harold scratched her neck and punched her to the head five times. 

Harold has six pages of prior convictions and the offending breached a previously suspended jail sentence.

The court heard that Harold had mental health issues and was in a challenging relationship with a man who has spent this year in jail.

Magistrate John Lesser decided to defer sentencing until December 11 so Harold can seek help to get her life back on track.

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