Assault on partner’s ‘new flame’

Melanie Joy Reineks has given a spent conviction and a 6 month community based order for assaulting her ex-partners new girlfriend.
Melanie Joy Reineks has given a spent conviction and a 6 month community based order for assaulting her ex-partners new girlfriend.

A 36-year-old woman has been given a spent conviction and a six-month community based order for punching her ex-partner’s new girlfriend in the face.

Melanie Joy Reineks pleaded guilty to assault and criminal damage when she appeared in the Northam Magistrates Court on Monday. 

Prosecuting sergeant Phil Milne told the court that Reineks was called to her ex-partners house to pick up a fine that belonged to her, at 4.30pm on January 24. 

Reineks, who represented herself in court, said she approached the rear garden and saw her ex-partner’s new girlfriend.

Reineks said she punched the woman’s face twice. 

She then used a skateboard to strike a Toyota Landcruiser belonging to her ex-partner, shattering the rear light.

Reineks told the court her ex-partner filmed the altercation.

She asked Magistrate Jennifer Hawkins for a spent conviction.

Magistrate Hawkins said this was the first offence Reineks had committed. 

“It seems as though you have learnt your lesson,” Magistrate Hawkins said.

“But this is still a very serious charge.

“You need to know that you cannot take the law into your own hands.”

Reineks was given a six-month supervised community based order and a spent conviction.