Woman Fined $620 After Fight Over Disabled Parking Spot
A woman who pulled out a hammer during a brawl over a disabled parking space at KFC has avoided jail time.
Footage of Carol Lea, 55, and her wife fighting with a young woman outside the fast-food chain in Liverpool was posted to social media earlier this month.
Amid chaotic scenes, Lea went to the boot of a car to fetch a hammer before grabbing the woman in a headlock.
The violent outburst landed the woman in court.
Lea's lawyer claimed the younger woman's car was parked across two disabled bays and when she asked her and her boyfriend to move the car so both could access to the bays, the younger woman allegedly hurled homophobic comments to her.
"It is accepted Carol Lea went back to her vehicle and took a hammer out," her lawyer said. "She was quickly disarmed by Linda [her partner] who put it in the boot.
Despite the couple not filing a complaint to police, the incident circulated on Facebook and Lea was subsequently charged with threatening behaviour and possessing an offensive weapon, which she pleaded guilty to.
Lea was fined £120 for having the hammer, another £85 for the threatening behaviour, court costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30, all equating to about AU$620.
The payments will be deducted from her benefits.