Mandurah: Woman escapes jail time after “alcohol-fuelled, unprovoked” attack

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A MANDURAH mother who launched “alcohol-fuelled, unprovoked” punches and a kick to a woman’s face fought back tears as she received suspended jail time today.

Misty Rose Rundell, who appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court , pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Mick Fallows said Rundell was walking to the Smart Street Mall taxi rank on April 7, 2018 at 12.18am.

Sen Const Fallows said Rundell heard someone call her name, she turned around and noticed it was the victim.

Rundell punched the woman to the eye twice, threw her to the ground and kicked her to the face.

The woman received severe bruising to her left eye, which closed up as a result, and a blood nose.

Rundell was later arrested and made admissions she was intoxicated at the time and “angry” on the night of the offence.

Duty lawyer Thomas McCulloch said Rundell was remorseful.

Mr McCulloch said Rundell’s friend told her the victim had made a pass at her ex-partner at the time.

“She (Rundell) was intoxicated which exacerbated the situation,” he said.

Mr McCulloch said Rundell had reconciled with her partner, they were in a stable relationship and had a child together.

A pre-sentence report on Rundell was considered by the Magistrate.

Sen Const Fallows told the court Rundell’s offence was a serious assault.

“It was an alcohol-fuelled, unprovoked attack,” he said.

“This was a prolonged assault.”

He said an immediate jail sentence would be suitable for Rundell’s offending.

Rundell’s mother, who was in court to support her daughter, fought back tears during Rundell’s sentencing.

Magistrate Ryan Bluestein said Rundell’s offence was a type of assault not tolerable and was worthy of jail time.

Magistrate Bluestein sentenced Rundell to a 12-month term of imprisonment suspended for 12 months. Rundell was also sentenced to complete program and supervision requirements.