Violent clash over car park in Tweed West
A CANCER patient, her neighbour and a police officer were assaulted by a 43-year-old Tweed Heads West woman in a row over a parking spot.
Jennifer Reid appeared before Tweed Heads Court this week, and pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer, assault occasioning bodily harm and common assault.
Between 7.25-8pm on October 4, 2013, Reid took exception to her boyfriend's neighbour using his parking space, despite permission from the landlord.
The woman was using the space due to her frail health resulting from cancer treatment.
According to non-contested court documents, Ms Reid screamed obscenities at the neighbour when she saw her pull into the space.
"You slag, you took my car space," Reid spat. "Get your f***ing car out of my spot."
When the woman did not move her car, Reid struck the woman with an open hand, knocking her to the ground.
A good Samaritan ran out to help, yelling "Stop, she's sick, she's got cancer, don't hit her".
In response, Reid grabbed her by the hair and pushed her to the ground, punching her.
The first woman to be attacked got to her feet, but was knocked down again by Reid.
Both women suffered cuts and bruises.
A female police constable arrived shortly after, to find Reid near her home drinking scotch and yelling.
"I only belted her because she was in my car spot," Reid said.
When police attempted to take away Reid's glass of scotch, a scuffle broke out and Reid punched the officer in the mid-section before she was tackled to the ground and arrested.
Reid did not help the case against her on the way to the station, according to court documents.
"Assault? I haven't assaulted you, you s**t," she threatened. "Wait until I get these cuffs off and get the chance."
In court Reid, who had no previous record, said she was embarrassed about her actions, which had caused her to lose her job as a chef.
The magistrate placed Reid on an 18-month good behaviour bond.