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WATCH: Temper tantrum ends with $700 bill for door knob

Lorrane Van Hassel (left) and daughter Skyleena at the Gladstone Courthouse. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer
Lorrane Van Hassel (left) and daughter Skyleena at the Gladstone Courthouse. Photo Ross Irby / The Observer Ross Irby

A TUG and a tussle with a neighbour's door knob at a public housing flat during a temper outburst by Lorrane Van Hassel, copped a government repair bill for over $700.

Known as 'Angel', Van Hassel not only broke the knob but assaulted a fellow resident and his girlfriend in a dispute over parking on grass at the Auckland St complex.

Her short fuse temper tantrum was blamed on medication.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece told Gladstone Magistrates Court police had been called to a disturbance at 9.30pm.

A man told officers he was sitting on his lounge when he heard a loud bang and saw the door handle being moved aggressively by someone trying to open it.

When he opened the door Van Hassel was yelling at him about where a friend parked her car. Van Hassel grabbed the screen door and slammed it shut which hit him on the head causing a cut which bled.

Mr Reece said as the man's female friend went out to move the car Van Hassel "punched her from behind" the blow hitting the right side of her face making it pink and swollen.

The Qld Department of Housing sought $755.82 from Van Hassel for the damage bill after the cost was supplied by Gladstone Housing Service Centre.

Van Hassel, 49, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on February 23; and wilful damage to the door handle.

Lawyer Jun Pepito said Van Hassel instructed she has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome and a brain tumour that was being treated.

"At the time she changed her medication which caused her to become temperamental."

Magistrate Penelope Hay accepted she had been adapting to new medication after witnessing her earlier behaviour in the courtroom when she nearly fell.

Ms Hay sentenced her to two years supervised probation with counselling.

She was ordered to pay only $375 restitution.

Topics:  assault gladstonecourt wilful damage


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