Mandurah: Furnissdale mother fined for striking 11-year-old daughter after argument about junk food

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A FURNISSDALE mother fronted Mandurah Magistrates Court on assault charges after an argument with her 11-year-old daughter about the contents of her lunch box.

The 30-year-old mother pleaded guilty to unlawful assault and bodily harm with circumstances of aggravation against her daughter when she appeared today .

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows said the daughter was at a bus stop in Furnissdale on April 12, waiting for the school bus.

The mother picked her daughter up from the bus stop when she realised she had bought junk food for lunch.

Inside the car, the mother grabbed her daughter’s school bag to check her lunch and was pushed by her daughter.

Police said the mother then struck her daughter on the face with her hand.

The mother made her daughter leave the car and the girl ran to a stranger and asked for help.

Police said the daughter sustained bruising and swelling to the left side of her face but Snr Constable Fallows said images of the girl after the incident showed the injury was “slight”.

Defence lawyer Daniel De-Langey said the mother accepted she overreacted but had issues with her daughter being violent in the past.

Mr De-Langey said the victim was currently living with her aunty, but wanted to be returned to her mother.

He also said the accused was a stay-at home mum and held a Certificate III in Aged Care with hopes to work in the industry in the future.

The mother asked for a spent conviction order to be considered.

Magistrate Mark Millington said he understood the mother was remorseful.

“Anyone who has a child knows they can be frustrating,” he said.

He fined her $750 and granted her a spent conviction as the mother’s actions were “out of character”.

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