MP assault claim halted

Jo-Ann Miller.
Jo-Ann Miller.

ALLEGATIONS of assault against Ipswich MP Jo-Ann Miller during the election campaign have been withdrawn.

Independent candidate for Bundamba Patricia Petersen alleged Mrs Miller gave her a “backhander” at a political meeting on March 17 after a verbal confrontation.

But speaking from Sydney yesterday, Ms Petersen said she had withdrawn the complaint but remained adamant that the alleged incident had happened.

“I have not withdrawn them as such but what I have decided to do is not take legal action,” Ms Petersen said.

“In no way, shape or form am I saying it did not happen.”

Until yesterday no charges had been laid and Mrs Miller had strongly denied the claims describing it as a “publicity stunt”.

Mrs Miller said she was pleased to hear the complaint had been withdrawn but still planned to pursue her through the courts.

“I am still taking legal action against this person,” Mrs Miller said.

The two candidates had been speaking to members of the National Seniors at Goodna Rugby League Club before the alleged incident took place.

The two candidates clashed after Mrs Miller accused Ms Petersen of lying about living in Ipswich all her life.

A police spokeswoman confirmed the complaint had been withdrawn and they would not pursue the matter.

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