A DUNFERMLINE woman who punched a neighbour repeatedly, breaking her nose, has been admonished after staying out of trouble since then.

The unprovoked assault happened as the victim left home to go to work at 6.30am.

Anne Lindsay, 52, of Izatt Avenue, appeared back at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, having had her sentence deferred previously for good behaviour in March.

She had admitted that on January 24, at Izatt Avenue, she assaulted her neighbour by punching her repeatedly to the head, to her injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said the incident took place at 6.30am as the victim left to go to her work as a carer.

In the close, she heard Lindsay’s voice and thought she sounded intoxicated.

Lindsay then blocked the woman’s path as she tried to leave before punching her repeatedly to the head.

The woman shouted for help and another person pulled her away from her attacker.

The victim’s face was bleeding and the police were contacted.

Defence solicitor Chris Sneddon told the court previously: “She’s never been in trouble before. There had been ongoing problems with the lady involved.”

Sheriff James Macdonald had deferred sentence for good behaviour saying: “You’re a first offender and this is a sad state of affairs. This was an offence of violence, there was no provocation and there was a significant injury caused.”

When Lindsay returned to court, Sheriff Richard McFarlane was told Lindsay has stayed out of trouble and he admonished her.