Murtoa's Yana Phillips sentenced for assault

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A MAGISTRATE has described the actions of a Murtoa woman, as appalling and a gratuitous act violence.

Yana Phillips faced Horsham’s Magistrate Court Wednesday where she was sentenced to an aggregated three months in prison for assault and ordered to pay $132.

The court heard Phillips entered a Lynott Street, Horsham, address on Tuesday January 15, 2016 through an unlocked front door. 

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Michelle Wentworth said Phillips was asked to leave the premises by a female victim. 

Senior Constable Wentworth said Phillips grabbed the victim by the hair and forced her onto a bed before she punched the victim in the forehead. 

The court heard the victim sustained bruises to her forehead and left hand as well as scratches. 

The prosecutor said Phillips called the victim profanities and ‘a dog’. 

The defense said before the incident Phillips had signed a two year phone contract for $29 a month. 

The court heard Phillips accused the victim of stealing her new mobile phone before she exited the premises.

Senior Constable Wentworth said after Phillips left, the victim heard a bedroom window smash.

She said the victim could hear more smashing and called the police. The defendant then told the victim to ‘grow some balls’ and fight.

Senior Constable Wentworth said the accused initially denied the charges.

Phillips then told police she went to the premises to confront the victim about her missing iPhone before the victim left town. 

Phillips admitted she did ‘throw a few punches’ and when asked for a statement repeated ‘she’s a dog’.

The defense said Phillips had been drinking and foolishly went to the property and caused a disturbance. 

Magistrate Cynthia Toose rejected the defense's description. She said the incident was appalling and inappropriate. 

“It was a bit more than a disturbance, it was a significant incident,” Ms Toose said. 

“She engaged in gratuitous violence.”

The court heard Phillips was on a community corrections order. 

The defense said in the past the defendant had ‘let off steam’ after a break up and assaulted her mother and a friend. 

Due to health conditions she had not yet completed her 100 community corrections hours.

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