Woman in court for pizza fracas

A COFFS Harbour woman walked into a local pizza store in a drunken rage on Anzac Day and confronted a female employee with whom she had been feuding.

Michelle Rose Carriage, 24, held an open glass bottle as she entered the business about 8pm, the Coffs Harbour Local Court heard this week.

She repeatedly threatened the woman with a tirade of verbal abuse, causing a scene that made staff and customers fear for their safety.

The episode is said to have happened two weeks after the women were involved in an altercation.

Several witnesses in the store at the time told police Carriage threw the glass bottle at the victim and it struck her on the left side of the chest.

As she left the store, Carriage grabbed a chair from the restaurant and walked away.

Staff gave chase, telling police Carriage raised the chair above her head and threw it.

She then swung her handbag at the victim.

The pair began to wrestle before Carriage broke free and grabbed a wine bottle from her handbag and held it out in “a threatening manner”.

After the bottle was taken from her, it became clear the victim had suffered scratches to her head and right forearm.

Carriage fled the scene and the incident was reported to police.

The following day Carriage attended the Coffs Harbour Police Station and declined to be interviewed.

She was arrested and charged with common assault and pleaded guilty in court this week.

She was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

Police said Carriage expressed remorse for her actions, saying she was well-affected by alcohol at the time.

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