A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD girl has been sentenced for an assault at a Dunfermline school.

The brutal beating happened on the first day back after the summer holidays and the victim was a 14-year-old pupil at St Columba’s High.

The attacker, from Lochgelly, cannot be named for legal reasons. She appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She previously admitted that on August 12 at St Columba’s High she attacked a girl by grabbing her hair, pulling her to the ground and then repeatedly struck her to the head to her injury.

The court was told the attacker was not a pupil at the school and that the victim was a former friend.

Depute fiscal Laura McManus said the attack occurred on the first day back at school after the summer holidays.

During the assault, the victim was pulled to the ground and punched to the face 10 times, causing blood to pour from her nose. She was taken to hospital afterwards for a check-up.

Defence solicitor James Moncrieff said his client’s position was that she had been assaulted previously and the younger girl was involved.

Sheriff Alastair Brown imposed a community payback order with 70 hours of unpaid work and 12 months of supervision.