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Woman told to pay sister £100 after assault

By Ashleigh McDonald

Published 20/07/2016

A woman who assaulted her sister during a heated argument has been ordered to pay her £100 in compensation
A woman who assaulted her sister during a heated argument has been ordered to pay her £100 in compensation

A woman who assaulted her sister during a heated argument has been ordered to pay her £100 in compensation.

Heather McBlain, from Duncairn Gardens, north Belfast, was also given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, after she admitted attacking her sister, Lisa, earlier this year.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard that police were called to a house in Russell Court on February 20, and that when they arrived they found an injured woman in the living room.

The victim had sustained a number of injuries, and was found with a bloody mouth and a bruised forehead.

The defendant was later arrested in connection with the attack. During police interviews, the 45-year-old refused to comment on the incident.

When asked by District Judge Fiona Bagnall about his client's "distinct lack of remorse", defence counsel Luke Curran replied that McBlain apologised for the police having to come between two siblings involved in a "heated" argument.

Mr Curran said his client maintained that she was struck first by her sister, and that she acted in self-defence.

However, he added that she also admitted she then went "further than self-defence".

"She lost control - she accepts that," Mr Curran said.

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