A YOUNG Cupar woman who injured another in a booze-fuelled attack has narrowly escaped a jail sentence.
Jaime Mackay (21) had drunk six or seven litres of cider before carrying out what a sheriff described as a ‘vicious and unprovoked’ assault.
Her victim was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs and her nose was too swollen to be examined, Cupar Sheriff Court was told.
Mackay, of 3 Railway Place, was electronically tagged between the hours of 7pm and 7am and handed a two-year community payback order requiring her to undergo alcohol counselling.
She was told by Sheriff Charles Macnair that she had come very close to receiving a prison sentence as she had a previous conviction for a similar offence, but he was ‘just prepared’ to give her a final chance.
Mackay had earlier admitted assaulting Danielle Martin in Ladywynd, Cupar, on February 27 this year by punching her on the face and kicking her on the body to her injury.
The court heard that the accused and another woman had asked to meet up with Miss Martin to discuss an incident at a party the night before.
They met ust before midnight but when Miss Martin asked what she wanted to talk about, the accused assaulted her, punching her a few times before pushing her into a wall.
Miss Martin covered her face in a bid to defend herself as Mackay pulled her to the ground by her hair, kicking her when she tried to get up.
When she eventually managed to stand up, she was punched in the face again before managing to get away.
Depute fiscal Susannah Hutchison said that Miss Martin suffered a swollen forehead; a swollen and bleeding nose; lacerations to her lips and a bruised wrist.
She was taken to Ninewells Hospital due to concerns that she may have broken ribs, but this turned out not to be the case.
She had to go back later to have her nose examined as it was too swollen to make an assessment at the time, but it was not broken.
Mackay’s solicitor Douglas Williams said that there had been no excuse for his client’s ‘unladylike’ behaviour.
She had led a very troubled life and had shown signs of alcohol abuse at a very early age.
When she was sober she came across as very pleasant but she was in the habit of drinking early every morning so that she could face the day.
She didn’t seek to shirk from her behaviour but had been angry with the other woman.