A WOMAN assaulted her brother's girlfriend when she was trying to get her to leave a Dunfermline nightclub has been ordered to pay her victim £200.

Kelly Beveridge, 34, of Linburn Road, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

She had previously admitted that on May 28, at Harlem nightclub, she assaulted the woman by pushing her on the body, causing her to fall and striking her on the head, all to her injury.

Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf said Beveridge, her brother and his girlfriend had been at a family barbecue before getting a taxi at around midnight and going to Harlem nightclub.

"Alcohol was consumed and when the victim was going to the toilets, she was advised she was being followed and they decided to leave," she said. "She remembers going downstairs and speaking to a female who she had gone to school with. She then became aware of the accused pulling her by the arm and she was of the opinion that she was trying to get her to leave."

Beveridge pushed her to the upper chest, making her fall over. When she got up, she struck her to the face, the court was told.

The court heard that the next day, the victim woke up with a facial injury and a sore foot. She went to hospital and was found to have soft tissue injury to her face and had a break in her foot.

Solicitor Elaine Buist said the person following the victim was thought to be her ex-husband and Beveridge wanted them to leave the premises as she was concerned that there would be some trouble.

She said the foot injury could have happened when she stumbled, however, added that CCTV footage from outside the club showed the complainer walking along and up some stairs without limping.

Sheriff Charles Macnair said the assault was "wholly unprovoked" and involved injury.

"There may be a question mark over the fractured foot but no other indication of how it would have been fractured has been given to me," he said. "In any event, it involved significant soft tissue injury to the complainer's head.

"Assaults in licensed premises are always serious because of the significant risk of violence spreading when too much drink has been taken."

He placed Beveridge on a community payback order with a supervision requirement for 18 months. She was also ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work within nine months and pay her victim £200.