Attack by woman 'appalling'

Last updated 16:00 23/10/2012

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A 24-year-old woman who punched and kicked two French tourists was last week told by a judge her unprovoked actions were appalling.

Brooke Johanna Bryson, of Longbush, appeared before Judge Kevin Phillips in Invercargill District Court yesterday on two charges of assault at Queenstown on March 25.

She was sentenced to two months' community detention, 75 hours' community work and ordered to pay $300 emotional harm reparation to each victim.

Judge Phillips said Bryson was grossly intoxicated when two French citizens, who were working in Queenstown, walked past her and an argument began. She slapped one of them in the face and punched him in the mouth before following him.

Her associates pushed the other to the ground, where Bryson kicked him in the chest and continued to abuse the first victim, he said.

The first victim suffered cuts, abrasions and a swollen lip and the second suffered pain in his chest.

"This is street violence by a woman and your actions were appalling . . . unprovoked street violence cannot be accepted or brushed over at all," Judge Phillips said.

Assault
Nathan Sutherland, 20, was sentenced to four months' home detention for assaulting a female, threatening to kill and threatening to injure a person knowing his conduct was likely to frighten on December 10.

Ayla Maria Beck-McLean, 23, was sentenced to three months' home detention and ordered to pay $259 reparation for intentionally damaging a window, assault and twice breaching community work.

Unlawfully got into vehicle
Nicole Olivia Joy Davidson, 18, was sentenced to 40 hours' community work for unlawfully getting into a vehicle in Queenstown on September 17.

Breach
Nana Marama Corrine Rautahi, 26, was sentenced to 175 hours' community work for breaching community work on September 3.

Rebekah Anne Clark, 27, was remanded to November 23 for sentence for breaching community work on July 12.

Reckless disregard
Grant Allan Taylor, 44, roofer, was sentenced to four months' home detention for injuring with reckless disregard for the safety of others on July 29.

Theft
Aaron Alexander Bain, 17, was sentenced to 90 hours' community work and ordered to pay $48.50 reparation for stealing a bicycle headlight valued at $40 and unlawfully taking a bicycle on August 10 and possessing a knife in a public place on May 11.

Ill-treating animals
Ross David Kingdon, 60, of Gore, was remanded to November 30 for sentence for recklessly ill-treating animals, with the result that the pain or distress caused was so great that it was necessary to destroy the animals to end suffering at Waimea Plains, Gore, between November 14 and 22. The court was told an animal welfare inspector investigated the property after a complaint was made. About 58 stock, including six lambs, were found, two of which were immediately euthanased by a vet.

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Intentional damage
Che Eltringham, 19, was remanded to November 23 for intentionally damaging a glass door on October 13.

Driving
Jordan Albert McDowell, 18, was remanded to October 23 for sentence for driving while disqualified, driving with a breath-alcohol level of 713mcg and driving dangerously on September 22.

Sam Citizen Smith, 20, was remanded to November 30 for sentence for driving while disqualified and with a breath-alcohol level of 553mcg on September 28.

Jackson James Thomson, 17, student, was remanded to October 19 for unlawfully taking a vehicle and driving it carelessly at Riverton on September 22.

Jessica Joy Flannery, 24, shop assistant, was sentenced to 80 hours' community work and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving while suspended on October 11.

Drink-driving
Raynor Ranui Larsen, 25, was sentenced to 30 days' jail and disqualified from driving for nine months for driving with a blood-alcohol level of 169mg on October 2.

Vivienne Tracey Sanderson, 48, 186mg on September 14. Remanded to December 4 for sentence.

Benjamin Gray Goodall, 22, dairy worker, of Browns, 99mg on September 6. Sentenced to 140 hours' community work and disqualified for eight months.

- The Southland Times

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