A woman who left her victim needing surgery after biting her eye during a savage assault has been ordered to pay her £2,000 compensation.
Pamela Butler, 2B Kilwinning Terrace, punched and kicked Donna Fleming as the pair battled in the street following a chance meeting in Musselburgh last year.
After her victim fell to the ground, Butler knelt down beside her and sank her teeth into the woman’s eye.
Haddington Sheriff Court was told Ms Fleming needed surgery to the eye injury and will be left with a visible scar following the assault.
Depute procurator fiscal Kirsty Anderson told the court Butler and Ms Fleming encountered each other following separate nights out and began fighting.
Ms Anderson said: “The accused grabbed [the complainer] by the hair and punched her to the face. She then threw her to the ground and punched her further to the head and body. She then bent down over the complainer and bit her right eye.”
Ms Anderson added the victim suffered “a V-shaped laceration to her eyelid” and had to undergo surgery at St John’s Hospital, Livingston, seven days after the assault.
Solicitor Colm Dempsey admitted that his 23-year-old client had been involved in a “disgraceful incident”, but that she accepted “full responsibility” and is “ashamed” by her actions.
Mr Dempsey added Butler had a strong work ethic, but had taken an “excess of alcohol” before assaulting Ms Fleming.
Butler pleaded guilty to assaulting Donna Fleming by repeatedly punching her on the head and body, and biting her on the face to her injury and permanent disfigurement at High Street, Musselburgh, on August 18, 2012.
Sheriff Peter Braid ordered Butler to carry out 225 hours of unpaid work and placed her on an offenders’ supervision requirement for the next 12 months.
The sheriff also ordered the finance assistant to pay her victim £2,000 in compensation.
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