Massage leads to assault charge
WARWICK woman Belinda Ann Maguire, 26, has been fined for punching and scratching her cousin's “controlling” husband after he massaged Maguire's shoulders too hard.
The mother-of-two fronted Warwick Magistrates Court this week to face one charge of assault arising from an incident.
Maguire was invited to the home of the victim by him and his wife on July 23 for a “get-together” and the group spent the afternoon and much of the night drinking.
An altercation ignited when the defendant was heard to have developed “an attitude” following a massage that was too firm and Maguire was heard to have punched the man several times.
The man retreated into his home following Maguire's attack but the court heard she followed him and declined to leave, despite numerous requests for her to do so.
Police were called and the man reported suffering scratches to his chest and discomfort to his jaw and cheek areas.
Defence counsel for Maguire said the woman became agitated when, at some point during the night, the man began kneading her shoulders quite heavily while giving her a massage.
It was heard Maguire considered the man to be quite a controlling person who made it hard for Maguire to see her cousin.
Maguire's defence counsel admitted Maguire was very drunk at the time of the assault and said her recollection of the incident was “very dim”.
Magistrate Anne Thacker fined Maguire $500.