Arts student glassed former lover
A LISMORE fine arts student, who crushed a beer glass in her hand and threw the glass shards at her former lover after a night of poetry reading in the Uni Bar of Southern Cross University has received a good-behaviour bond without a conviction being recorded for the offence.
Megan Farquhar, 26, of Goonellabah, pleaded guilty in the Lismore Local Court to assault causing bodily harm to Andrew Spencer at 10.30pm on July 14.
Mr Spencer was hit in the head by the glass shards, causing cuts to his forehead, following an evening of poetry reading he organised that included a new poem read by Farquhar.
Police facts stated the pair's relationship had ended six weeks earlier and her attack took place following two arguments they had on the evening of the reading.
A psychological report and references from university lecturers, including a letter of support from Mr Spencer, were put by defence lawyer Tom Trembath before Magistrate Jeff Linden.
Mr Trembath said Mr Spencer's letter spoke about what had been happening that night in terms of provocation.
He said Mr Spencer referred to his own behaviour toward Farquhar that evening, stating he acted badly toward her, although this did not excuse what she did.
Mr Trembath said the incident potentially could have been very serious, ‘but fortunately he ended up with a laceration to his forehead'.
After seeing a psychologist, Farquhar was now addressing several issues in her life.
Mr Trembath said his client had just completed a fine arts degree and was applying for positions that would require overseas travel.
He successfully pleaded with Mr Linden that because his client had completed her studies and was on the threshold of a new life and career, the court should not convict her, but instead place her on a good-behaviour bond.
Mr Linden partly quoted from the letter of Mr Spencer, in which he stated ‘the way I acted toward Megan that night was not appropriate' as he knew she had some health issues.
Mr Linden said it was not the classic case of a glassing because Farquhar squeezed the glass until it broke and then threw it at him.
Taking into account her good references, and the letter from the victim, Mr Linden placed Farquhar on an 18-month good behaviour bond without recording a conviction.