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'Defence barrister Ben Thompson said the 'unpleasant' incident happened when his client, who has a previous record, had consumed alcohol' (stock photo)

'Defence barrister Ben Thompson said the 'unpleasant' incident happened when his client, who has a previous record, had consumed alcohol' (stock photo)

'Defence barrister Ben Thompson said the 'unpleasant' incident happened when his client, who has a previous record, had consumed alcohol' (stock photo)

A woman who spotted a tattoo on another woman's arm assaulted her and subjected her to sectarian abuse.

Alison McDonald (48), whose address was given as University Street in Belfast, was given a suspended sentence when she admitted a number of offences arising from an incident at a Simon Community hostel in Larne in June.

She appeared before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video-link from Hydebank Prison and pleaded guilty to five charges including assaulting two women, assault on police and making threats to kill.

At one stage she threatened to "smash" a woman's face in and kill her.

The prosecutor revealed that one of the victims said she had been in a room with McDonald, who turned nasty when she saw a tattoo and "started calling me a Taig". She added: "I'm from the Shankill Road, I've got back-up."

Defence barrister Ben Thompson said the "unpleasant" incident happened when his client, who has a previous record, had consumed alcohol.

District Judge Peter King added an extra month to the sentence due to the sectarian language used.

McDonald was given six months in prison, suspended for three years.

Belfast Telegraph