Attacker of pub landlady to pay £500 compensation

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A Glenrothes woman who admitted assaulting the landlady of a Leslie pub has been ordered to pay £500 compensation.

Leala May Brownlie, Queen Margaret Drive, appeared before Sheriff James Williamson at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court. She had previously admitted that on March 26, 2011 at Greenside Hotel she assaulted Agnes Alisha Codona Gallagher by punching her on her face, pulling her hair and repeatedly striking her on the head and body to her injury.

The court heard Brownlie (31), had been on a night out with a friend at the hotel. At around 9.15pm. she was seen by Ms Gallagher, the licensee, being sick outside. She decided Brownlie was drunk and would not be let back in. Brownlie said she was only being sick because of the smell of the toilets.

After a heated discussion, the assault took place. The complainer suffered small cuts to her face and two broken teeth, which required treatment costing £478.

The court heard Gallagher had traced Brownlie on Facebook and found she had posted a comment about giving the owner of the Greenside a ‘kicking’. Brownlie’s defence agent said the matter was “completely out of character” for his client and she “wishes she had dealt with matters differently”.

Sentencing Brownlie, Sheriff Williamson said: “I’ve taken in to account you’re a first offender so I’ll deal with it today by way of a monetary penalty.”