Broom attack on love rival

A WHACK to the head of a female love rival with a straw broom left Laura Copeland in a jail cell after she was refused bail in the Lismore Local Court.

Copeland, 33, from Lismore, is charged with being armed with intent on January 11, assault and affray (using unlawful violence).

Defence lawyer Kylie Anderson-Clarke made the unsuccessful bail application to allow her client freedom to attend a rehabilitation centre because of serious drug issues.

However, Magistrate Robyn Denes was not prepared to allow Copeland’s release from custody because she had previously undertaken other rehabilitation programs.

Ms Anderson-Clarke supplied a handwritten letter to the court from Copeland about her situation.

“She is asking me to give her some time with her children, but this is not what it’s about,” Ms Denes said after reading the letter.

Prosecutor Sergeant Brett Asser opposed bail, saying it was notappropriate because Copeland had been on parole at the time.

Copeland is accused by police of punching a woman in the face inside a Dalziell Street flat in Lismore, causing lacerations, before dragging her to the front door. The woman is in a relationship with Copeland’s former partner.

Copeland is alleged to have then struck the woman on the head with a straw broom, before their fight continued in the kitchen.

Police attending the scene found blood in the lounge room, kitchen and at the front door, and on the straw broom leaning against a wall. The victim was taken to Lismore Base Hospital.

Ms Denes refused bail, saying Copeland also had a history of failing to appear at court on other matters and the case was adjourned until February 8.



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