A 24-year-old woman who brutally bashed a teenager in a Bunbury shopping centre has evaded prison for the “rather vicious” attack. Jade Amber Gilchrist appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court on March 27 for sentencing on a single charge of common assault relating to the public brawl. On October 12 2022, Gilchrist was at the food court at Eaton Fair shopping centre when she approached the unsuspecting victim, striking her twice to the head with a closed fist. The victim tried to flee the scene running into the Commonwealth Bank, crouching to the ground with her arms above her head. Gilchrist followed the 18-year-old victim and continued to assault her, kicking at her while she was on the ground. The altercation was eventually broken up by onlookers. Despite being arrested by police later that day, she made no admissions to the incident. The young woman’s lawyer told the court the attack came out of “protection” for her partner’s mother, after revealing the victim was Gilchrist’s partner’s brother’s ex-partner, who had spent a period of time living with the mother-in-law. It was further revealed the mother-in-law had complained to Gilchrist about the victim on multiple occasions about damage to her home and being “treated poorly” by the victim. Magistrate Benjamin Tyers was surprised the charge fell under simple common assault, calling it a “rather vicious and sustained” attack, that was “pretty bad” on the scale of seriousness. A nine month suspended imprisonment term was imposed for the charge, with additional supervision and program requirements.