'Fat' comment offends

Last updated 12:54 23/07/2013

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A woman who became offended when her cousin called her fat, throwing a glass at her, was sentenced to community work after appearing in the Balclutha District Court today.

Shannon Kawan Ferguson appeared before Judge Stephen Coyle and was sentenced to 75 hours' community work for assault with a weapon on June 15.

The court was told Ferguson was drinking at a hotel in Balclutha, and became insulted after her cousin called her fat.

She threw beer over her cousin and then the glass. Her cousin retaliated and threw a glass and RTDs back at her.

Judge Coyle said Ferguson has previous convictions for violence and that she needed to undertake counselling to determine how to resolve conflict without resorting to violence.

She had to learn how to deal with her drinking, anger and resolving conflict without behaviour that resulted in her coming back before the court, he said.

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- The Southland Times

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