Section 10 Bond for premeditated pub punch

BATHURST COURT HOUSE
BATHURST COURT HOUSE

A WOMAN who punched a girl at the pub because she wanted to get even with her has been placed on a 16-month bond after receiving a conditional discharge.

Karla Bowman, 20, of Emerald Drive, appeared in Bathurst Local Court before magistrate Michael Allen on Monday charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Police facts tendered to the court told how nine months prior to the incident the accused was involved in a physical altercation with another female at the Ox Hotel. The victim was standing close by and broke it up and apart from this the victim and accused have never met.

At about 3.45am on October 21 the victim and a witness were at The Elephant & Castle and were sitting in the smokers’ area talking to themselves.

Bowman then approached the victim and said “if you want to punch me while I’m fighting with Gabby” and punched the victim to the left side of her face, hitting her nose and mouth area, causing the victim’s nose to to bleed and her mouth to swell.

The victim felt immediate pain to both these areas and fell off the chair.

She got up to defend herself by pushing the accused away and a physical altercation continued between them before the victim and witness left the hotel.

At 4.30am the victim and witness attended the police station to report the incident and a statement was made and photographs taken.

About 10.30pm on Sunday, October 21 police attended Bowman’s Kelso home. She was arrested and conveyed to Bathurst police station where she admitted to punching the victim.

She said she wanted to seek revenge as she believed the victim had hit her to the back of her head during a physical altercation that occurred nine months earlier.

Before assaulting the victim she told a friend she wanted to fight the victim before she left the hotel, indicating the assault was premeditated and she attended to assault the victim.

Mr Allen dealt with the matter by way of a 16-month Section 10 a conditional discharge.