A woman who bashed a love rival, causing a head laceration which required stitches, has been fined $1000.
Jami-Lee Leslie, 22, of McKenzie Street, Warrnambool, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to recklessly causing injury and causing criminal damage.
She was not convicted and fined $1000.
Magistrate Cynthia Toose said Leslie had caused a significant injury which required stitches and questioned whether she had anger management issues.
She was warned if she returned to court for similar offending that she risked being imprisoned.
Police said that on November 26 Leslie went to a home across the road from where she had been, knocked on the door but when it was unanswered she left.
The victim walked across the road, was invited in to talk in a bedroom and Leslie grabbed her.
Leslie smashed the woman’s head into a door, causing a laceration to the top of the victim's head and blood to run down her face.
The victim went to hospital and had a number of stitches inserted to treat the injury.
A warrant was issued for Leslie’s arrest after she failed to appear in court and she was located and arrested on May 10.
While at the Warrnambool police station Leslie picked up a chair which she threw at a plaster wall, causing damage.
She was also verbally abusive to police officers and Leslie said she was a bit upset and hungry at the time.
Leslie has no prior court appearances.
She said that assault was prompted by an “old, old rivalry” to do with her current partner.
Leslie said she acted as she did out of anger and she was now 22 weeks pregnant.