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Mum spits in 65-year-old neighbour's face

A MOTHER who spat in the face of her 65-year-old neighbour was in the process of moving house when her emotions got the better of her.

Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday heard a long-running animosity between Natalie Dunker, 38, and her former Peregian Springs neighbour came to a head on November 11 last year.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Rick Pallister said the man had unsuccessfully tried to film Dunker's school-age son after he noticed the boy riding a skateboard at the front of his property.

Sgt Pallister said Dunker threatened the man for trying to film the boy before spitting in his face.

"Spitting is a particularly degrading form of assault,” Sgt Pallister said.

Defence solicitor Andrew Bale said Dunker was married, self-employed and had two sons aged 12 and 14.

Mr Bale said the victim had delivered some insults to Dunker before she spat on him.

"It was not a one-sided transaction,” Mr Bale said.

He said Dunker was in the process of moving house at the time and had since left the area.

"It puts to end a very unhappy suburban neighbourhood environment.”

Magistrate Rod Madsen said the victim had accurately summarised the situation in a statement when he said he felt "utter revulsion”.

Mr Madsen said people aged older than 60 years were given special treatment in the eyes of the law.

He accepted there had been a significant level of animosity between the parties.

"That animosity unfortunately got the better of you on this occasion,” Mr Madsen said.

Dunker was fined $2000 for the assault.

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