Woman bitten on breast in feud
SIMMERING hostilities in a long-running dispute between two Wardell families on Cabbage Tree Island flared again on Christmas Eve between two women when one of them took a bite of the other’s breast.
Samantha Anderson, 40, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to assault causing bodily harm to Mia Marlowe at 9.30am on December 24 last year, and entering a building with intent to assault Ms Marlowe.
At the time of the assault the women were living in two cottages on the same street opposite each other.
Police facts before Magistrate Robyn Denes stated there was a long history of disputes between the two family groups.
There was no merry in the Christmas cheer when Anderson stood outside Ms Marlowe’s cottage and began yelling abuse at her neighbour who called out for her to ‘go away’.
Anderson threw some sticks and stones at the front of the cottage, and when Ms Marlowe saw her coming towards her home she shut the front door because Anderson had a stick in her hand that looked like a wooden curtain rod.
On her way up the stairs to the front door Anderson hit the stick breaking it into several pieces and then (unarmed) ran toward Ms Marlowe yelling abuse.
The two women struggled with Ms Marlowe later telling police she was trying to protect herself ‘by fighting her off’.
Anderson then gouged the left eye of her neighbour causing a cut and the wound to bleed. She then bit the left breast of her victim with the bite cutting through her skin causing it to bleed.
Ms Marlowe called for help and Marcus Ferguson pulled Anderson off his cousin who then retreated to her own cottage yelling out: “I’m gunna get you, you bitch.”
She later admitted to police she had gouged the eye of her neighbour and bitten her on the breast.
When defence lawyer Dannielle Stubbs said the dispute between families had been going for five years Ms Denes responded that they probably don’t even remember why.
Ms Stubbs said the latest round took place because of an incident involving her client’s daughter in which certain things had been said.
“She had gone to Ms Marlowe’s house to have a discussion but unfortunately things escalated,” Ms Stubbs said.
“She concedes the way she went about things was completely inappropriate. She admits she has anger management issues.”
Ms Stubbs said that in a previous incident Anderson’s daughter had been hospitalised.
The Crown prosecutor said it was a case where Anderson should receive ongoing supervision with anger management.
Ms Denes ordered Anderson to complete 70 hours of unpaid community service work and placed her on a two-year good behaviour bond that was to be supervised by Probation Services with counselling in anger management.