Attack on elderly man brings bond

A WOMAN who punched a 78-year-old man to the head, causing him to roll into a drain was given an 18-month good behaviour bond in Grafton Local Court last week.

Police told the court Cherylee Kim Cutmore, 41, of Grafton was walking with another female at 5.30pm on December 19 last year when she and the other woman entered a Mitsubishi Pajero in the front yard of a Powell St, Grafton property.

When confronted by a woman from the property, Cutmore said she was "looking for a light".

The woman provided a light before Cutmore launched into an attack on the woman's father, 78, hurling racist abuse, accusing him of crimes, threatening to burn his house down and to come back with a shotgun.

Cutmore grabbed the elderly man by the singlet and swung him around before punching him to the side of the head and knocking him to the ground.

The man's daughter tried to grab her father and told Cutmore to go away, police said.

Cutmore, said police, took half a step back then swung a punch and hit the woman to the left ear.

The two women grabbed each other by the hair before Cutmore said: "Do you want me to grab my knife?"

A neighbour came along and endured racial abuse and a poke in the mouth from Cutmore as he was trying to calm her down.

Cutmore participated in the Forum Sentencing program before her court appearance on August 20 and Magistrate David Heilpern ordered she complete the recommendations of the forum's intervention plan.

The recommendations included:

a letter of apology to all three victims;

anger management and grief/loss counselling;

a three-month drug and alcohol detox program;

community work spanning 26 weeks; and,

undertake a course in Community Service Work in 2013.

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