Lawyer Alex Lewenberg, pictured after an attack in 2009. Photo: Craig Abraham
A woman who bashed a prominent Melbourne lawyer with a baseball bat had bluffed her way into his office by posing as the wife of a gangland figure.
Kathleen Joan Torres, 49, attended the offices of Lewenberg and Lewenberg and demanded to see the firm's principal, Alex Lewenberg, who granted her request.
Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Wednesday that Torres, who used a false name, told him she wanted her husband and "his money" and identified herself as the wife of a gangland figure on October 23, 2006.
Prosecutor Michael Robinson said after Mr Lewenberg told her to leave, Torres took a baseball bat from a backpack, stood up, held it over her head and started swinging it at the victim's head.
Mr Robinson told the court Mr Lewneberg jumped out of his chair and in self-defence held his left arm up, which was struck by the bat.
The impact broke the bat in half after which Torres, as she walked towards the exit and Mr Lewenberg yelled to staff to call police, yelled at him: "You filthy Jew, I'll get you, I'll be back."
She spat on the granite floor and left.
Mr Lewenberg sustained "considerable" bruising to his wrist in the attack, Mr Robinson said.
He told magistrate Duncan Reynolds that police tried to interview Torres in an Adelaide prison in 2007 but she refused to participate.
Defence lawyer Jonathan Miller successfully applied to have the matter dealt with summarily and then Torres, who has had and continues to be treated for mental health issues, pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly causing injury.
Mr Miller detailed Torres' long history of mental illness and said she had been bailed from a psychiatric hospital to appear in court on Wednesday.
He said she had spent 92 days in custody over the incident and submitted that that was punishment enough, which Mr Robinson agreed.
Mr Reynolds told Torres the attack on Mr Lewenberg was "particularly nasty" and that she had bluffed her way in with a baseball bat she bought from Rebel Sport the previous day.
He said the offending was aggravated by her racist remarks, but agreed with Mr Miller that because of her mental health issues any sentence should be moderated.
She was jailed for 92 days, but walked from court as she has already served that time.
It was not the first time Mr Lewenberg was attacked. In 2009, a man broke into his apartment and king-hit him with a fist fitted with a knuckle duster or adorned with several rings.
Mr Lewenberg, a former boxer, and his assailant battled on the floor for about 20 minutes before the attacker grabbed a sword from a nearby suit of armour and slashed the lawyer. He then bit Mr Lewenberg on the ear, but fled when Mr Lewenberg grabbed his testicles.
The legal veteran has previously been stabbed, shot at and had his house bombed.