‘Explosive and violent’ assault on Esperance pub worker

An Esperance woman will appear in court on July 11, after an “explosive and violent” attack at a local pub on New Years Eve. 

Rhiana Kaye Blowes, 22, didn’t enter a plea when she appeared in the Esperance Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 9 facing one charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

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

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

Duty lawyer Leneva Polmear said her client had habit of binge drinking. 

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 allegedly 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 allegedly lashed out at the woman. 

The court heard Blowes allegedly 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 allegedly pulled out and she sustained a sore neck, headaches and scratches. 

Magistrate Sandra De Maio said she wasn’t impressed with Blowes actions. 

“It was quite an explosive and violent attack,” Magistrate De Maio said. 

“I’m not impressed at all. This woman was doing her job.

“You were ferocious.”

Blowes was ordered to pay a personal bail undertaking of $500 to reappear on July 11.

A pre-sentence opportunity program report will be prepared before Blowes next sitting.