Greens councillor charged with assault, drunkenness and offensive behaviour

A Yarra City councillor and member of the Australian Greens has been charged with assault, offensive behaviour and public drunkenness over her alleged involvement in a fight with another woman in South Yarra in April.

Cr Anab Mohamud, 35, will face the Melbourne Magistrates Court in November, after suffering serious facial injuries from the altercation outside Chasers nightclub, which hosts the popular LGBTQ dance party Poof Doof.

Yarra councillor Anab Mohamud.

Stonnington crime investigation unit detectives have also charged a 29-year-old woman from St Kilda with recklessly causing injury and affray, according to a Victoria Police spokeswoman.

“The charges follow an incident in Bray Street in the early hours of Sunday 11 April in which a verbal altercation between two women escalated to an alleged physical fight,” the police spokeswoman said.

Cr Mohamud did not respond to requests for comment from The Age, while the Victorian Greens released a statement on Tuesday regarding the charges.

“Cr Mohamud is glad that charges have been laid against the person who assaulted her, and is working to clear her name against allegations that she instigated her own assault,” a joint statement by Greens co-convenors Effy Elden and Nyssa Sims said.

“The Victorian Greens welcome that a court case will give Cr Mohamud an opportunity to make clear what occurred in the lead-up to her assault.”

According to the statement, Cr Mohamud continues to recover from her injuries, including serious eye damage and significant blood loss.

A City of Yarra spokeswoman declined to make any comment while the matter was before the courts.

The Age recently revealed that Cr Mohamud is facing other assault charges arising from a separate incident in Dandenong last year.

Cr Mohamud was charged by detectives from the Springvale crime investigation unit with assault, intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury, assault with an instrument and theft over the alleged attack.

Another woman from Fitzroy has been charged over the alleged attack on two men on December 6 last year. She and Cr Mohamud are due to face Dandenong Magistrates Court on August 24.

Cr Mohamud has not entered a plea but is expected to fight the charges.

According to the Yarra City Council website, Cr Mohamud came to Australia as a Somali refugee 20 years ago and now lives in the Atherton Gardens Estate in Fitzroy.

“Anab wants to send a strong message to young women that they have every right to become whatever they dream to be,” the website states.

“She is passionate about moving the community forward together, and to give voice to those that need to be heard.”

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