A PORT Fairy woman has been told she must control her anger after assaulting a driver she believed had almost hit her young son.
Amie Louise Kolosche, 23, appeared for a mention hearing in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading guilty to unlawful assault.
On January 20 this year a 22-year-old woman was driving south along Sackville Street in Port Fairy and narrowly missed Kolosche’s four-year-old son, who was crossing the road. When the woman parked her car, Kolosche approached her, slapped her face and slammed the car door on her leg.
The court heard that when questioned by police, Kolosche said, “She nearly hit my son so I lost my cool.”
Magistrate Michael Coghlan said the community was “sick to death” of people reacting inappropriately when upset.
“For argument’s sake let’s say it was the driver’s fault — her reaction was still inappropriate,” Mr Coghlan said.
“Her reaction should be to take the driver’s licence plate and report it to the police.
“To take the law into your hands and act the way she does ... she’s got an anger problem.”
The magistrate cited court appearances dating back to Kolosche’s teenage years as examples of her inability to express her anger without using violence.
“This occurred in the presence of your child, or in the vicinity of where your children were, and they shouldn’t be exposed to it.”
Mr Coghlan ordered Kolosche to have a suitability assessment for a community-based order.