Slurpee thrown, hair pulled in drunken daylight catfight

Bernadette Lagman Valencia, 38, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm.
Bernadette Lagman Valencia, 38, pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm. Contributed

A 38-YEAR-OLD woman has been ordered to do community service after she got into a drunken daylight catfight with a friend, pulling her hair and punching her repeatedly.

North Mackay woman Bernadette Lagman Valencia pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in the Mackay Magistrates Court this morning.

Prosecutor Sergeant Jakki Poustie said on January 9 this year, Valencia and two friends had been having lunch at a Wellington St home in South Mackay.

About 4pm the trio drove to a store to "buy another bottle of Scotch".

Sgt Poustie said Valencia, seated in the rear, discovered her friend in the front passenger seat had been the last to drive her car, which was damaged.

Sgt Poustie said Valencia then swiped her fist towards the woman. The friend had responded by throwing her Slurpee at Valencia.

Valencia had grabbed the woman's head, pulled her hair and punched her repeatedly.

Defence solicitor Chelsea Cross said Valencia suffered depression and was on a disability pension.

She said Valencia rarely drank alcohol but had been drunk at the time.

Ms Cross said the friends had since reconciled.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer ordered Valencia serve 46 hours of community service and pay $350 restitution.

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