Same-sex family love triangle returns to Toowoomba court
A YOUNG mother spent the weekend in custody after becoming involved in an altercation when picking her child up from a Toowoomba school.
The 22-year-old woman's two biological children had remained with her ex-partner with whom she had been in a same sex relationship for more than three years when they split in September.
The split occurred after the woman discovered that her own mother was in a sexual relationship with her female partner, Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard.
The 22-year-old was placed on three years probation last week by the same court after admitting to damaging her mother's car and a window when she found out about their relationship.
Due to issues after the split, a domestic violence order was imposed between the two ex-partners.
However, despite the split and the DV order, there was no order preventing the woman from having contact with her children, the court heard.
When she arrived at the primary school on Friday afternoon to collect her daughter, the school principal, realising there were family issues, called the woman's ex-partner who arrived and an altercation ensued.
During the altercation the woman, who cannot be named, had swung her handbag, hitting her ex-partner in the arm and ribs. No injury was sustained.
She had also been yelling and swearing in front of a classroom of children who became upset, police prosecutor Sergeant Catherine Nielsen told the court.
Police arrived and took the woman into custody and she had remained in the watch house until appearing in court yesterday afternoon.
She pleaded guilty to disturbing the good order of a state educational institution and breaching a domestic violence order.
Magistrate Robbie Davies described the circumstances of the case as "quite extraordinary" and ordered the woman do 100 hours community service.