Justice catches up with attacker

THE law has finally caught up with a 35-year-old woman who glassed her partner in a South Grafton hotel more than five years ago and later attacked a woman in Market Square.

Deanne Louise Reilly, who had been living in Redfern, faced Grafton Local Court yesterday via an audio visual link from prison to answer charges of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. She also faced charges of breaching a bond and bail.

Reilly recently came to police attention when she was discovered trespassing on a property in Vine Street, Redfern, on December 30.

While she was in custody, police became aware of outstanding warrants in her name for offences in 2004.

The malicious assault charge followed an incident at the hotel on August 21, 2004, when Reilly and her victim were drinking and became involved in a violent argument over a woman.

Police said Reilly hit her victim in the left temple with a small beer glass, gashing his forehead. The glass also made a 5cm cut in his jaw.

The victim grabbed Reilly’s hair to drag her off him, but she grabbed his testicles to make him release his grip.

Police arrested Reilly later that night at the pair’s home in Bent Street.

Reilly was again arrested for an attack on a woman in Market Square on September 14, 2004.

The assault began in the park and continued into a nearby hotel, where Reilly attempted to hit her victim with a glass ashtray.

The court heard that Reilly had been drinking heavily at the time of both offences and had no memory of the attack in Market Square.

However, Magistrate Kim Pogson said the glassing attack was a particularly cowardly form of assault and the penalty needed to be a deterrent for others as well as the accused.

She received 18 months’ jail with a 12-month non-parole period for the malicious injury charge and six months’ jail for the assault charge. She was fined a total of $200 for a breach of bail in 2004 and another $200 for entry on enclosed lands.

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