Mum struggles to choose between serving time or community

THE choice between community service or jail may seem like a no-brainer but it took an hour in the cells for one young mother to see prison life was not for her.

Dusty-Lee Grace Grant was taken into custody during her an appearance in Warwick Magistrates Court this week when she expressed an inability to perform community service.

She told the court she did not have anyone to care for her child.

Magistrate Roger Stark clearly spelled out to Grant that the alternative was a jail sentence but when she was adamant community service was not possible he sent her to the watchhouse.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assault occasioning bodily harm while in company and possessing drugs and utensils.

The court heard Grant and her sister attended a party in Stanthorpe in August but were asked to leave when they had an argument with one another.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Grant's sister started to fight other people, including the assault victim's mother, before Grant got involved.

Sgt Wiggan said Grant punched the girl in the face "a number of times" and then up against a wall before the girl's father came and pulled Grant off.

The victim went to hospital following the attack, where it was noted she had heavy bruising to her face, arms and hands, a swollen nose and forehead.

Grant also tendered photos of her own injuries to the court this week.

The former Stanthorpe woman told the court she did not agree the incident had unfolded that way.

Her solicitor told the court the victim had punched Grant's sister first, which led to her intervening.

Police also found Grant in possession of 4g of marijuana and a water pipe last month.

After her short stay in the cells on Tuesday, Grant conceded, albeit seemingly reluctantly, that her mother could serve as a babysitter while she performed community service.

Mr Stark emphasised to Grant that her childcare dilemma would be much more difficult if she were behind bars.

She was sentenced to 12 months probation, 60 hours of community service and fined $100.

Topics:  community service, crime, drugs, jail, police, warwick magistrates court



Local Real Estate

Featured Real Estate
FULLY SELF CONTAINED... $9500.00 From
Cabin Fully self contained modular homes. $13,990K for 6 x 2.4 x 2.5m ...
Parkland Precinct ... $295,000
House 3 2 2
Nice Big Building... $85,000
Residential Land 0 0
171 Acre Block $205,000
Residential Land 0 0

Featured Jobs

Warwick jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
Senior Stockperson Clifton Full Time
SALES PROFESSIONAL Warwick Full Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Local Jobs

Search for your next job now!
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Search for a property online right now.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Leo

It's not only a favourable time for socializing and flitting from partner to partner, but it is also great for the blossoming of existing...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save