Dental assistant student almost risks career after Roma pub fight
A Roma woman aspiring to become a dental assistant has been sternly warned she will rack up a criminal record if she continues to commit crimes.
Monique Ann Cole, who was 21 at the time, narrowly escaped having a conviction recorded when she punched a woman in the face on November 14, 2020.
Cole had an argument with a 46-year-old woman at a Roma pub near midnight, which resulted in Cole grabbing the woman by the throat and punched her six times.
The Roma Magistrates Court heard on February 4, the victim fell backwards on the bench after the first punch, before Cole punched her five more times.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Heather Whiting said the altercation caused the victim pain and swelling.
Cole was removed by security and was placed under arrest by police.
Sergeant Whiting said Cole was walked to the police car, but she then attempted to walk away.
"The defendant has ignored instructions and continued to walk away," Sergeant Whiting said.
Prior to being put in the patrol vehicle, Cole was restrained by police after she pushed an officer in the chest.
Solicitor Laurie Parker told the court he had spoken to Cole about the seriousness of the matter and that she should ignore people when they treat her badly.
"A 46-year-old female has been taunting Monique about her partner's brother, calling her partner's brother a pedophile, a rapist, and all these quite untrue things," Mr Parker said.
"Monique has, on a number of occasions, asked her to go away and to leave her and her friend alone."
According to Mr Parker, the victim replied with 'it's a free country' before the incident broke out.
Magistrate Peter Saggers warned Cole she needs to control her drinking.
She has also breached probation in the past for a very similar matter.
"You can't live your life in two halves, the conscientious dental assistant... and the girl who goes out on the drink on Friday night and gets blinded, who fights other girls and puts on a turn to police," Magistrate Saggers said.
He told Cole that her reputation will be quickly tarnished if she continued returning to court.
She pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, obstructing police, and common assault, all while adversely affected by alcohol.
Cole escaped having the conviction recorded but was ordered to perform 100 hours of community services and put on probation for 12 months.
"I promise I won't come back here," Cole told the court.