Our client had a relevant history of depression and was prone to bouts of severe anxiety. At the time of the offending, she was medicated for depression and illness. The complainant alleged that our client had bitten his arm and his chest. And when the police attended our client’s apartments about 2 hours after the complainant left, they were met with erratic behaviour from our client (hence the assault police allegations) which resulted in her being taken into custody.
We acted on the client’s behalf at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court. The charges were:
During the first case conference, we placed the offending in context by presenting relevant material relating to our client’s difficulties and aspects of her relationship with her former boyfriend. Emphasis was also made on the fact that our client had no previous offending history and was 20 years old at the time of the offence. A diversion for Assault and Resist Police charge and the other offences was put forward for consideration.
Submissions were made at the diversion assessment hearing of a psychological report outlining some of the factors that had contributed to the offending on the evening in question.
Importantly, the report also outlined the very constructive steps that our client had taken since the incident in order to address the issues underlying the offences. These matters included a recent history of consuming too much alcohol which were done frequently with prescription medication.
As our client had engaged in ongoing psychological counselling in the period that had precipitated her matter coming to court, and due to the fact that she had enhanced insight into her offending, the magistrate was persuaded to grant diversion. A diversion for Assault and Resist Police is a great outcome. The client was able to avoid prison with no criminal record.
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