Infidelity leads to assault

WHEN she discovered her husband's infidelity, Kate Elizabeth Sagaris flew into a rage.

She attacked him with a bamboo pole and broke his arm, hurled a rock through his car window and smashed a pot and a floor tile, Coffs Harbour Local Court heard yesterday.

Sagaris, a 28-year-old Toormina mum, was ordered to perform 100 hours community service on each count of affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

She was fined $300 for the windscreen damage and ordered to pay $594 compensation, and told to pay another $830 compensation for the other property damage.

Solicitor Carlo Bianchino told the court Sagaris was not normally violent and was remorseful for her actions.

He said 2008 had been a horrible year for his client with her marriage breakdown and her life 'seems to have gone out of control'.

When told on May 23 last year her husband had cheated on her, 'her response was reckless rage', Mr Bianchino said.

Sagaris went to her husband's place to berate him for his behaviour and she cut a 'swathe of damage', he said.

The court heard Sagaris pushed her husband off a veranda, hit his forehead with a terracotta pot, punched his face and swung a bamboo pole at him. He broke his forearm when he tried to repel the blow.

She threw a rock at his windscreen as she left and hurled a pot, smashing it and a tile.

Magistrate Judith Fleming said Sagaris's rage had been alcohol-fuelled.

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