Woman sentenced for town centre assault


A Dunfermline woman’s street assault on another female left the victim lying on the ground in a pool of blood with facial fractures. 

Laura McArthur (22), of Clunie Road, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

She previously admitted that on 28th February at James Street, Dunfermline, she assaulted a woman by repeatedly kicking her on the head to her severe injury. 

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said McArthur and three friends had been drinking in Wetherpoon’s bar in Dunfermline High Street. 

They had gone outside for a smoke and an argument had started between one of the group and the victim. 

Later, after McArthur and her friends had been in another pub, they came across the woman again, this time in James Street. 

A physical confrontation took place and the victim was thrown to the ground. 

“The accused then kicked her several times to the face and head,” added the depute. 

“Members of the public saw the complainer lying on the ground in a pool of blood. 

“An ambulance was called and they contacted the police, who found the complainer on the ground. She was drowsy and had a bloody face.” 

The victim was taken to hospital where it was found in a scan that she had sustained facial fractures as well as cuts and bruising to her face. 

When interviewed by police McArthur said she could not remember much after leaving Wetherpoon’s.

Sheriff Charles MacNair imposed a community payback order with two years’ supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work. He also imposed a four-month restriction of liberty order.


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