Woman (23) given community based order for Admiral Hotel assault

Woman (23) given community based order for Admiral Hotel assault

A WOMAN who viciously attacked a barmaid after being asked to leave a hotel will serve a 12-month order.

Mikayla Taryn Vasilenko changed her original plea of not guilty to guilty for common assault and criminal damage when she appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court yesterday.

The prosecutor said Vasilenko was at the Admiral Hotel in Kwinana on July 10 at 7.30pm when the assault happened.

While having a loud argument with her boyfriend a female member of the bar staff approached and asked her to leave.

She began throwing glasses around including a full bottle of drink at a glass bi-fold door, smashing it.

Vasilenko said to the barmaid, “Do you want to have a go bitch?” before repeatedly punching her in the face and shoulder and ripping out the victim’s hair in chunks.

Her lawyer said she originally pleaded not guilty as she stated she had not thrown the glasses and bottles at the bar staff, only throwing them around in anger and not at anyone.

He said Valilenko had a lot of death around her the last nine years including suicide and death by illnesses of friends and family.

She had also discovered she was unable to have children.

He said this had caused alcohol issues for her which in turn created her erratic behaviour.

He asked for a spent conviction but Magistrate Leanne Atkins said Vasilenko had a record.

“No. I don’t accept she is of previous good character when she has had a spent conviction already for a previous assault where she threw a full can of drink in a nightclub that inadvertently hit someone,” Magistrate Atkins said.

“A spent conviction is refused.

“You ripped her hair out by the roots; that behaviour is inexcusable even against your background.

“Being drunk was not an excuse. Ripping hair out from the roots is an excessive use of force.

“You were told to leave and you reacted in that way.

“You have my deepest sympathy for your recent medical condition but you have to deal with your issues.”

The 23-year-old was ordered to pay $400 restitution for the damage and placed on a 12-month Community Based Order with supervision and program requirements.