Rochelle Naomi Wells, 30, has pleaded guilty to spatting at a woman and her baby at a Sunshine Coast hotel.
Rochelle Naomi Wells, 30, has pleaded guilty to spatting at a woman and her baby at a Sunshine Coast hotel. Contributed

'Enraged' woman storms pub, spits at mum and baby

A WOMAN who spat at a mother and baby at a Sunshine Coast pub has narrowly escaped jail.

Rochelle Naomi Wells, 30, entered the Landsborough Hotel in a "fit of rage" on Saturday April 7 after an earlier incident in its carpark.

She yelled, swore at a pair of elderly men, causing them to hide behind a table for several minutes.

Her manner saw a table knocked over, where several items nearly stuck a sleeping baby in its cot.

The child's concerned mother "told off" Wells for endangering her baby before Wells cocked back her head and spat at her.

It was sheer good luck that the victim was nimble enough to dodge the saliva from striking herself and the child.

Wells was later arrested and charged and this morning pleaded guilty to common assault and disorderly charges at the Maroochydore Magistrates Court.

The court heard she had been in the hotel's carpark when she fell over, becoming enraged when the two elderly men didn't offer to help.

Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said Wells "took her wrath out" on innocent people and acted like a "mad" person.

"What mother wouldn't tell you off for acting like you did when her baby was in the firing line?" he asked.

"There is no excuse for this disgusting behaviour.

"You are very lucky it missed or you could well be going to jail."

Wells was given a $1500 fine, referred to SPER.



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