Woman punched outside school

A 47-YEAR-old South Grafton woman has been told to get her temper under control after she admitted punching a mother dropping off her child at school.

Magistrate Kim Pogson heard in Grafton Local Court yesterday that Veronica Tibbett was employed as a cleaner at an infants school when the incident happened last September.

Defence solicitor Neil Johnson said the victim was a friend of his client until a falling out 18 months ago. Since then, he said Tibbett had endured repeated verbal abuse from the victim whenever their paths crossed.

He said his client had always ignored the abuse but snapped when she saw her former friend in her car outside the school.

According to police facts, Tibbett approached the victim’s car and started yelling abuse at the woman.

The pair got into a heated argument, the victim telling police that Tibbett spat at her and punched her in the face.

However, Mr Johnson said his client denied the spitting.

The victim retaliated to the assault by reaching through the car window, grabbing Tibbett and punching her.

Tibbett pleaded guilty to common assault and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

In sentencing, Mr Pogson noted Tibbett had prior matters of violence on her record and it appeared she had a ‘short fuse’.

He condemned her actions, saying it was hard enough for schools to control students’ behaviour without employees engaging in violent acts in front of them.

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