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Amber Holt sentenced to community service for egging Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Albury

Updated July 23, 2019 15:51:27

A woman who threw an egg at the Prime Minister’s head during an election campaign event has been sentenced to an 18-month community corrections order and will have to complete 150 hours of community service.

Key points:

  • Amber Holt attempted to smash an egg against Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s head during a campaign event in May
  • The 25-year-old previously pleaded guilty to the assault and to possessing cannabis at the time of the egging
  • Holt warned others against following her lead, describing her actions as “selfish and stupid”

Amber Holt, 25, was sentenced at the Albury Local Court today.

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”.

“What I did was very selfish and stupid,” she said.

“I just want to apologise to everyone involved.”

Topics: assault, crime, law-crime-and-justice, elections, government-and-politics, albury-2640, nsw, vic, australia

First posted July 23, 2019 14:49:32

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