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Foul language clash ends in court

ALICE STUBBINGS does not mince her words when it comes to her dislike of foul language and when she heard a few expletives mouthed off in her friendly Urbenville Bowling Club, the 64-year-old retiree complained.

She said when the club's greenkeeper told her he had heard her use ‘the f word' previously she slapped his face.

Stubbings, of Urbenville, pleaded not guilty in Kyogle Local Court to assaulting club greenkeeper Paul Howard just after 5pm on July 26.

However, at the hearingbefore Magistrate R Denes, where she defended herself, the focus was on swear words, and Stubbings readily agreed she did slap Mr Howard.

Interviewed some time after the event by Constable Steven Hoffman, Stubbings told him the language from two men watching football on the club television had been obnoxious while she and husband Cecil played the pokies.

Stubbings said when Mr Howard came over to where the complaining couple were he told her husband he'd heard him ‘say the f word, you too Alice, then I hit him'.

“I slapped his face, I wasfurious. I don't use foul lang-uage,” she told Const Hoffman.

Stubbings described the two men swearing at the club as ‘drunken, obnoxious slobs'.

“The foul language, the f and c's that were going on,” she told the hearing.

“When Ces said to cut out the foul language he (one of the men) said it was legal and to ask any judge. I said like hell (it was).

“He tried to explain what the c word meant and I said get stuffed. Paul came over and he said to Ces I've heard you say the c word. I said like hell you did, we don't use that word.

“Paul said I heard you say the c word Alice. Then I slapped his face.”

Mr Howard told the hearing he had been serving patrons at the bar when he was told about the complaints and he reminded Cecil of a previous incident where he was alleged to have called a club director ‘a c'.

“Then I got hit. I realisedAlice had stepped out from behind Cecil and given me a right-hander,” he said.

“I felt it. I didn't say a word and they walked back to the pokie machines.”

Mr Howard defended the language of the two patrons, saying they became a little boisterous watching a football game saying ‘you f…ing beauty' in their excitement.

Club president Danny Mulcay also gave evidence saying Stubbings made numerous complaints to him, including noise from the jukebox and bad language and he saw Stubbings slap Mr Howard.

When Stubbings cross examined Mr Mulcay, she admitted slapping Mr Howard's face. Stubbings then pointed out that the club had a prominent sign stating ‘foul language will not be tolerated'.

Ms Denes said Stubbings came across as someone who would not scare easily.

After finding the assault proven, Ms Denes did not record a conviction saying Stubbings had gone this far through life without a conviction. Instead, Stubbings was placed on a nine-month good behaviour bond and ordered to pay $79 court costs.


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