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Woman sentenced to community work for throwing egg at PM Scott Morrison

CANBERRA (Australia): A woman who threw an egg at Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s head was sentenced to community work.

The women had threw egg at Morrison’s head during the election campaign. She was sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order and will have to complete 150 hours of community service.

Magistrate Rodney Brender said it was unacceptable for citizens to be subject to any degree of violence.

“You can’t have people attacking people for their political views physically,” he said.

Earlier this month she pleaded guilty to common assault for throwing the egg at Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s head while he was campaigning at a Country Women’s Association conference in Albury in May.

The egg grazed his head but did not smash.

Holt also pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis at the time of the egging.

She was also seven days away from finishing an 18-month good behaviour bond for a domestic violence incident.

The prosecution had argued the offence was aggravated by the degree of planning that went into the egging, which involved Holt hearing of the Prime Minister’s visit on the radio, driving to the supermarket to buy eggs, and then travelling to the event.

But Holt’s lawyer said the offending fell “well short of a sophisticated degree of planning”.

“This is short of organised criminal activity,” he said.

The defence also argued that Holt had significant mental health issues, and had voluntarily left her employment at Cotton On and moved in with her parents in Victoria after the incident to address her health.

Holt was ordered to pay a $100 fine for possessing cannabis at the time of the crime.

Outside court Ms Holt said she “most definitely'” regretted throwing the egg, and described her sentence as a “fair call”.