The Age

Woman, 70, pleads guilty to attack with axe

January 14 2003
By Selma Milovanovic
The Age

A 70-year-old woman yesterday pleaded guilty to striking her 78-year-old neighbour with a small axe during an argument.

Sonia Baker, of Warrigal Road, Mentone, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to intentionally causing serious injury to Joyce Anthony on October 20, 2002.

She hit Ms Anthony on the head and neck with a hatchet after the two women argued and threw pot plants at each other.

Both lived in aged care units in Lonsdale Avenue, Hampton East, where the attack took place.

Ms Anthony suffered a wound to her neck and cuts and bruises to her arms. Both women were hospitalised after the attack.

At the time of the incident, Ms Anthony's son, Anthony Bartel, said his mother feared her attacker and had written to authorities for two years asking to be moved to another residence. He said she wrote several letters to the Office of Housing, the Victorian Ombudsman and the Department of Human Services.

Following these appeals, the Department of Human Services was to ask the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for an eviction order against Baker, but the attack occurred a day before the proposed hearing, which was then postponed.

Magistrate Noel Purcell ordered Baker, who is on bail, not to attend the aged care units in Hampton East without supervision. She is to appear before the County Court on April 11.

Copyright 2002 The Age Company Ltd.