Woman who attacked Esperance Motor Hotel bar staff on New Year's Eve sentenced

A woman has pleaded guilty to attacking a bar employee at a local pub on New Years Eve and sentenced to a six month community based order with programs and supervision. 

Rhiana Kaye Blowes, 22, admitted to the “explosive and violent” attack when she appeared in the Esperance Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 8 facing one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

Blowes, who had no violent assault record, beat a woman who worked at the Esperance Motor Hotel on December 31, 2016.

The court heard Blowes had been drinking at the pub when she began feeling sick and started vomiting in the women’s toilets, located at the rear of the premises.

A hotel staff member was informed at 11.15pm and entered the bathroom to offer support. 

The staff member then asked to see proof that Blowes was over 18. 

Blowes told the woman she didn’t have any identification with her, at which point the employee asked her to leave. 

Becoming agitated by the employee’s requests, Blowes lashed out at the woman. 

The court heard Blowes punched the employee in the face and grabbed her hair before swinging her from side-to-side. 

Small patches of the victim’s hair was pulled out and she sustained a sore neck, headaches and scratches. 

Police prosecutor Thomas Banyard said the attack was “clearly an alcohol related incident”.

The court heard Blowes had dodged her previous court date and performed poorly on a pre-sentence opportunity program report.

Blowes’ application for a spent conviction was rejected by Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright.