Grieving mum attacked woman for 'agitating her'

AN IPSWICH mum had been grieving the death of her 17-month-old son when she assaulted another woman.

Saraha Jane Wade's son had been hit and killed by a government agency car reversing out of a driveway.

An officer from the Department of Child Safety had just completed a routine visit when the toddler was struck by the officer's car at his grandmother's Ripley home on January 13.

About seven weeks after the death of her son, Wade punched a woman who had been "agitating" her.

At Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, the 25-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of assault.

Defence lawyer John Tapp said Wade's pain from the death of her son was still fresh when she attacked the victim.

"The victim had been agitating my client and she reacted in a more aggressive manner than she should have," he said.

Wade (pictured) told police she had assaulted the victim because the woman "deserved it". The assault took place on March 1 in Bellbird Park.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum noted that Wade had been previously convicted for offences of violence.

Wade was convicted and sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for 12 months.


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