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Mary Jean Korkou would have been jailed if she was a man, victim Reegan Keevil says

A self-proclaimed social media ‘influencer’ who caved in the skull of a woman a day after Christmas is the girlfriend of a one-punch coward. 

Wannabe Instagram star Mary Jean Korkou, 24, walked from a Queensland court on Tuesday after her barrister successfully argued she had been publicly shamed on social media when word of her thuggery got out. 

Her boyfriend Murphy Fitzgerald had been jailed years earlier over a near identical nightclub bashing on another bloke. 

Her victim believes Korkou would have been jailed too if she were a man.

The Brisbane-based dental assistant, who has just over 5,500 followers on Instagram, left 26-year-old Reegan Keevil in hospital with a fractured eye socket, cheek bone and jaw after the December 26 attack at a Hervey Bay pub.

Reegan Keevil and mum Krista reckon an wannabe Instagram star walked from jail free, despite a savage coward punch, because she was a woman

Ms Keevil suffered horrific injuries and had to have reconstructive surgery (pictured)

Ms Keevil suffered horrific injuries and had to have reconstructive surgery (pictured)

Mary Jean Korkou (pictured), 24, attacked Reegan Keevil after the victim spoke to her boyfriend in a pub in December last year

Mary Jean Korkou (pictured), 24, attacked Reegan Keevil after the victim spoke to her boyfriend in a pub in December last year

She had been with Murphy when she attacked his ex-girlfriend. 

Ms Keevil – a QLD Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women worker – and her mum Krista have slammed the decision by District Court Judge Ian Dearden. 

‘All too often we hear about the justice system failing victims, well this time the victim was me, the justice system failed me, and favoured the criminal who nearly took my life,’ Ms Keevil said. 

‘I’m angry that someone I hardly know has permanently damaged me, physically and mentally. I’m angry that someone can hurt me and and change my life forever, intentionally, without any form of remorse or apology.’

‘I think it’s a gender thing,’ mum Krista said. ‘The whole response in the first instance was really poor.’

Crown prosecutor Gavin Webber told Hervey Bay District Court Korkou walked past her victim with Fitzgerald, who stopped to talk with his ex-girlfriend. 

Seconds later, Korkou punched Ms Keevil so hard, she lost her footing.

She then booted her in the groin as a disoriented Ms Keevil lashed out to protect herself. 

Ms Keevil had facial re-constructive surgery on her face and had titanium plates inserted to repair the breaks.

Murphy Fitzgerald served six months jail over a drunken attack that landed a stranger in hospital with surgical plates in his face. His girlfriend was more fortunate and avoided an immediate prison term

Murphy Fitzgerald served six months jail over a drunken attack that landed a stranger in hospital with surgical plates in his face. His girlfriend was more fortunate and avoided an immediate prison term

Mary Jean Korkou (pictured), 24, attacked Reegan Keevil after the victim spoke to her boyfriend in a pub in December last year

Mary Jean Korkou (pictured), 24, attacked Reegan Keevil after the victim spoke to her boyfriend in a pub in December last year

Ms Keevil (pictured) said she was disappointed with Ms Korkou's sentence saying she had been 'imprisoned in her own home'

Ms Keevil (pictured) said she was disappointed with Ms Korkou’s sentence saying she had been ‘imprisoned in her own home’

Murphy is no stranger to violence either, having done six months in jail in 2014 as a 22-year old for bashing a man at a Hervey Bay nightclub. 

Like his social media girlfriend, Fitzgerald only threw one punch and his victim underwent surgery to realign his jaw and cheek bone.

Korkou pleaded guilty to one count of grievous bodily harm and was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in jail, but unlike her boyfriend, it was wholly-suspended for two years.

Krista said police dragged their feet in charging Korkou because they did not take the girl-on-girl attack seriously. 

Reegan Keevil and mum Krista feel Queensland's justice system has let them down and are not taking one-punch coward hits seriously enough. They also feel police don't think women punching women is a priority

Reegan Keevil and mum Krista feel Queensland’s justice system has let them down and are not taking one-punch coward hits seriously enough. They also feel police don’t think women punching women is a priority

Reegan Keevil said she was 'disappointed and disgusted' with Queensland Police, the criminal justice system

Reegan Keevil said she was ‘disappointed and disgusted’ with Queensland Police, the criminal justice system

‘It took them three-and-a-half weeks, with me calling them constantly for them to go and charge her,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. ‘And there were no bail conditions, there was nothing and Reegan has titanium plates in her face and multiple fractures and we just couldn’t believe it.’

The concerned mum said she had tried to raise the matter with authorities, but had hit a wall. 

‘If that was a bloke that hit her, or a bloke that hit a bloke, it would have been a very different story and they keep telling me “no no that’s not the case”,’ she said. 

The sentence has devastated both mum and daughter. 

‘We just couldn’t believe it,’ Krista said.

In sentencing, Judge Dearden condemned Korkou but accepted she had shown remorse via her guilty plea and had suffered shame over her behaviour. 

‘Shame and embarrassment doesn’t equal remorse,’ Krista said. 

‘There was no remorse of her behalf. She hasn’t apologised at all. She’s not said sorry, she’s made no offer of anything, there was no fine, no community service – it was just basically walk out the door.’

Ms Keevil said her attack was just one of many one-punch assaults plaguing the southern region of the state. 

‘It is becoming too dangerous to socialise in this country. Every weekend, In Hervey Bay alone, I hear of another person being coward punched,’ she posted to social media.

‘How many people have to be hurt, how many people have to die, how many people have to live in fear before something is done?

‘To the QLD Police, Criminal Justice System, I’m disappointed and disgusted to say the least. You have now set a precedent for all coward punches.’

Krista said in cutting her daughter’s attacker loose, Judge Dearden said he hoped she would use her social media presence to warn others against similar offending. 

‘She’s definitely not going to do that. She’s not that kind of person. Meanwhile Reegan still hasn’t been able to get back to work, she’s been diagnosed with PTSD, she’s suffering quite a lot,’ she said. 

 

 

 

 

 

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