Raked her nails across man’s face

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Mandy Weir (27) Forthill Green, Banbridge, admitted three charges when she appeared last Friday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

For assault on February 15 this year she was fined £250 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

Fines of £50 were imposed on charges of disorderly behaviour and resisting police.

She was also bound over in the sum of £500 for 18 months to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

The court heard that at 1.55am in West Street, Portadown, police saw Weir hanging from the injured party and kicking him. They both fell to the ground and she raked her nails across his face while kicking him.

She had to be pulled off him by police who attempted to restrain her. She then threw a punch and connected with the injured party’s head. She had to be restrained with handcuffs.

The public prosecutor said this appeared to be an attack by the defendant on a stranger.

A solicitor for Weir said that what happened was caused by a combination of alcohol and the behaviour of the injured party before the police arrived.

He explained that she had been on a night out with friends and was going to get a taxi home.

The solicitor added that his client would say she was inappropriately by the injured party and when she confronted him he spat at her and pushed her.

He said her actions went beyond what it should have been and she accepted when the police arrived she did continue with the disorderly behaviour.

It was completely out of character, he went on, describing Weir as an industrious young woman.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he was concerned about the ‘gravity of the assault’ and told Weir she should have let the police deal with the matter.