Mandy fined over attack

Mandy Martyn enters court, being interviewed by Channel 7 journalist Cameron Baud. At one stage, Martyn tripped over Baud’s feet and tumbled to the ground.THE woman branded the killer of Myrtleford toddler Daniel Thomas has faced court over a vicious verbal attack on a 10-year-old girl.

Benalla Magistrates Court heard yesterday how Mandy Martyn lashed out in the Thoona Primary School yard, calling the girl “a f—ing c— of a kid” for bullying her daughter.

The March 19 incident, witnessed by other children and several adults, has left the once “bubbly” girl withdrawn and sucking her thumb, the court was told.

Martyn, 47, pleaded guilty to one charge of behaving in an offensive manner in a public place, and was convicted and fined $1200.

Her day started on the wrong foot, as she tripped over a reporter on her way in and fell to the ground.

It is understood she threatened to make a complaint to police about the fall, but a Benalla sergeant could not confirm this yesterday afternoon.

It was the most recent in a series of court appearances Martyn has made since a coroner earlier this year named her as inflicting the injuries that led to three-year-old Daniel’s death in October 2003; but no charges have been laid.

Magistrate John O’Callaghan was told Martyn arrived at the school at 4.45pm to collect her daughter, who told her another child had bullied her.

The after-school activities supervisor said Martyn charged into the schoolyard “screeching”: “I’m f—ing sick of you kids bullying my daughter, you f—ing ferals”.

Martyn stormed up to the 10-year-old girl and said: “No, you don’t bully my daughter, you’re not the boss of her you feral c—.”

The child said she was scared Martyn would hit her; she said she continued yelling at her but she could not remember what else was said.

The child’s mother, who was in court yesterday, was inside for a school council meeting and also saw Martyn arrive; she went outside when she saw Martyn pointing at her daughter.

She told police she heard Martyn say: “I’ll bully you like you bullied my child. Your family don’t belong in this school, you are ferals.”

A third adult said she heard Martyn tell the child, “You’re a f—ing c— of a kid, you need a f—ing smack in the ear”.

This woman yelled for Martyn to “stop being a bully” to which she replied: “You’re the only bully here.”

The school’s principal intervened at this point.

Martyn’s solicitor Greg Duncan told the court an acquired brain injury meant his client did not have “the normal faculties that people have to deal with situations of conflict”.

Martyn also pleaded guilty to a separate charge for verbally assaulting a woman outside Thoona General Store on May 15; she was convicted and fined $500.

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