A TEENAGER who got into a fight outside Bathurst Court House has escaped conviction and instead been placed on an 18-month Conditional Release Order after appearing before magistrate Catherine Follent.
Emma Sanson, 19, of Currawong Street, appeared in Bathurst Local Court charged with common assault.
Her solicitor, Peter Ringbauer, said it was his submission that the matter was a low level assault.
"There was no planning, no ongoing conduct and I'm asking the court not to impose a conviction," he said.
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Court papers tendered to the court told how the victim in the matter was driving past the court house when she saw Sanson in a vehicle parked out the front.
The victim walked up to the vehicle, said "hey guys, what's happening?" and said she needed to speak to Sanson, according to the police facts.
The victim was told Sanson did not want to speak to her and the victim said she just wanted to know what had happened to her "stuff", according to the police facts.
A young person jumped out of the car, grabbed the victim by the hair and threw her to the ground, saying: "[expletive] off [expletive], we didn't do anything to your stuff."
Sanson jumped out of the vehicle and grabbed the victim as well.
The victim got up from the ground, but Sanson grabbed the victim and pulled her back down on the ground.
The victim got up and walked inside Bathurst Court House.
As a result of the incident, she sustained a graze to her right elbow. She attended Bathurst Base Hospital, but only sustained minor bruising.
In sentencing, magistrate Follent noted Sanson entered a plea of guilty at first opportunity, and said the timing of the plea entitles Sanson to a 25 per cent discount on sentence, for both her willingness to accept responsibility and time saved by the court.
Magistrate Follent noted Sanson's prospects of rehabilitation were also good.
She placed Sanson on an 18-month Conditional Release Order, without conviction.