Casino sisterly love wields knife

A VIOLENT confrontation between two sisters at the Casino Woolworths Plaza Shopping Centre escalated when one sister brought a 33cm kitchen knife into the mix.

With no apparent love lost between the pair, Tali Bernice Carter, 18, pleaded guilty in the Casino Local Court to four offences that took place between 3.30pm and 4.15pm on October 29 last year.

She pleaded guilty to charges of assault; affray; armed with intent; and wielding a knife in a public place.

Police facts stated that Tali Carter came across her sister in the Woolworths Plaza and their verbal altercation continued outside in the car park.

Carter armed herself with a large wooden stick more than one metre in length and struck her sister on the side of the head.

As her sister tried to punch her, the argument turned into a violent melee with both throwing punches.

The sister grabbed Carter and smacked her head on a metal hand rail, causing a laceration above the right eye.

Carter then used the stick to repeatedly whack her sister’s back as bystanders tried to break up the brawl. She was disarmed and fled the scene, but was later seen walking in the streets, sports fields and parks toward the CBD armed with a large kitchen knife.

She was followed by people who notified police on their mobile phones.

“She looked into Woolworths Plaza car park and searched the location for her sister, then walked west on Canterbury Street, agitated, a large amount of blood covering her face, hands and clothes,” police said.

Carter then walked to a nearby hotel looking for her sister, going into the back bar before witnesses guided police to the scene. When told by police to drop the knife, she did.

Carter appeared barefooted in court yesterday, with defence lawyer Amy Barker asking that a pre-sentence report be completed and the matter adjourned because her client was unwell.

Describing the matter as ‘weird’, Magistrate Nicholas Reimer adjourned sentencing to March 10.

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