The third of member of the same family has pleaded guilty to her role in a violent attack on an innocent man at an Ingham petrol station.

Kales Siwala Idai, 20, appearing in the Ingham Magistrates Court on December 10, admitted to a charge of committing a public nuisance during the ugly incident at the United Petroleum Service Station on Herbert Street in the early hours of Saturday, October 24.

Mother May Diana Idai, charged with the same offence in relation to the same incident, has previously been sentenced to six months’ probation, while Uncle Don Mark Charles Idai, 46, charged with both committing a public nuisance and contravening a direction or requirement of police, was fined $600.

Traffic passing the Ingham United Petroleum Service Station on Herbert Street, the Bruce Highway, this morning. Picture: Cameron Bates
Traffic passing the Ingham United Petroleum Service Station on Herbert Street, the Bruce Highway, this morning. Picture: Cameron Bates

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Erin Collis said Ingham Police were called to “a fight involving multiple people” at 2.35am, observing two groups of people squaring off against each other across Herbert Street, the Bruce Highway.

She said the defendant was among those gathered in the service station forecourt.

“She appeared highly erratic, worked up and continually yelled and shouted, directing her anger to the group of people across the road,” she said.

“She stated that her mother (May Idai) had been hit by a male person across the street.”

Senior Constable Erin Collis said police were subjected to significant amounts of verbal abuse as the situation deteriorated, although they were eventually able to disperse the mobs.

“Police spoke with other witnesses in the area who stated that the male person did not punch any person at any time and was instead punched by the defendant and other females.”

She said the male victim had accidentally cut in front of May Idai in the queue inside the store, but had immediately apologised before he was attacked by the defendant and several others.

“The defendant is observed directly punching (the victim) at least twice in the face and several times to his torso and kneeing him in the side.”

The victim did not press charges, she added.

Senior Constable Erin Collis said the defendant, interviewed by police at a later date, admitted that she did not actually observe her mother being punched and that she was heavily intoxicated at the time.

Defence lawyer Nick Douglas said his client, a mother of a two-year-old daughter, had reacted the way she had because she had been told, incorrectly, that her mother had been assaulted but took full responsibility for her actions.

He urged a fine.

Acting Magistrate Scott Luxton said that the offending was at the top end of the charge of committing a public nuisance given the act of physical violence.

He said he accepted that Idai had been told that her mother had been struck “but that in no way can justify what you did to this person”.

She was fined $500.

No conviction was recorded.

Extracted in full from: https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/news/townsville/regional/hinchinbrook/ingham-court-kales-idai-admits-to-violent-attack-on-innocent-man-in-petrol-station/news-story/29d46a3cf100d7d57be30bdb4bfbd82e

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