Mandurah Court: mother punched and kicked with children screaming and crying nearby

A woman was punched and kicked in Mandurah while her children watched.
A woman was punched and kicked in Mandurah while her children watched.

A MANDURAH woman punched and kicked a mother in the back and head while her young children stood by crying, Mandurah Magistrates Court was told today.

Ateng Adup Aguer (19) pleaded guilty to common assault in circumstances of aggravation, obstructing public officers and behaving in a disorderly manner in a public place.

Police prosecutor Pete Smith said Aguer was at a house on First Avenue on May 12 with the victim and an unknown person.

The court was told the victim was dragged out the front door by her hair.

Aguer punched the victim to the floor and kicked her.

The victim was in a foetal position and begging them to stop. The victim’s children, aged one and two years old, were standing by crying.

Police were called to the disturbance and an officer picked up the two-year-old child. Aguer kicked the victim in the back and head, while the child was screaming.

There were members of the public present.

Police said Aguer abused police and refused to go back inside.

Aguer told the court it was a misunderstanding.

She said the victim was a family friend and they were intoxicated.

“They were smashing up the house and we had to get them out,” she said.

Aguer said another person dragged the victim out by the hair.

Aguer had a record of disorderly and failing to obey police orders.

Magistrate Anne Longden said it was a serious assault and sentenced Aguer to a 12-month community based order with supervision and community work requirements.