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Perth woman caught in citizen’s arrest sentenced after bashing resident with hat rack

He alerted the other man and they restrained Kelly while they called the police.

However, an acquaintance of Kelly also attended the break-in and punched the male resident to the left shoulder and the back of the head.

During the struggle, Kelly’s acquaintance hit the resident over the head with a small torch, causing a five centimetre cut to the back of his head.

Kelly then broke away from the other resident, grabbed a hat rack and hit the other resident a number of times to the head.

The pair then fled the scene, taking the $2500 in property with them.

One of the residents had to be taken to hospital following the incident.

Kelly was handed a suspended sentence of two years, six months over the break-in, but breached her parole four times after she tested positive for amphetamine and meth.

Then, in July this year, she went to a home in Belmont and again broke in.

She picked up a 25 gram packet of Port Royal tobacco from the kitchen bench top, but was found by the resident of the home.

He detained her and asked his partner to call police, and Kelly again tried to flee.

The man and Kelly scuffled, and police arrived. They arrested her and again charged her with aggravated home burglary.

The court heard Kelly had a rough history of violence, which mainly escalated after she lost her mother in a car accident at a young age, and drug use, which culminated following an abusive relationship in her teenage years.

“The psychologist considered that your use of drugs was clearly related to the domestic violence you suffered at the hands of your partner,” Justice Joseph McGrath said.

“The psychologist noted that most of your offending at that time occurred within the timeframe when you were being subjected to violence. [The judge] observed that the psychologist thought that you had some insight and that you were able to learn from experience.”

The court also heard Kelly was remorseful, and she had undertaken a number of courses about grief and drug and alcohol counselling.

However, Justice McGrath said her breach of bail while on a suspended sentence for a previous aggravated home burglary offence was another factor to consider.

Kelly was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment and ordered to pay a $50 fine over the incident, with her jail term to be backdated to July this year.

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