Drinking session ends in attack

A WOMAN, 46, has pleaded guilty to attacking a companion of 13 years at the end of a drinking bout in South Grafton late in March.

In Grafton Local Court on Monday, Audryena Maryanne Roberts pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm

In the police facts Roberts says she and her female companion were sharing a large bottle of bourbon whisky when they suddenly found themselves arguing.

Roberts lashed out, striking her companion in the left side of the face causing damage to the eye and bruising.

The victim phoned police, but later called them off, claiming she was traumatised by the attack. Police attended the scene, but Roberts had left by taxi.

However, the next day the assault victim was so alarmed by the extent of her injuries she called police and laid charges against Roberts.

Grafton police located Roberts living in Lismore and arrested her, the court was told.

The court heard that the couple had a long relationship characterised by violence and alcohol abuse.

Magistrate Robyn Denes put Roberts on a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered she have counselling for her alcohol problems.



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