Disabled woman kicked in head in nightclub fight

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A REVELLER has been fined after kicking a disabled woman in the head in a drunken fight in a Bathgate nightclub.

Ashley Brodie, 22, assaulted arthritis sufferer Hayley Burt when they clashed at Chalmers nightclub.

Livingston Sheriff Court was told Brodie’s memory of the attack was “somewhat vague” because she’d had too much to drink.

Catherine Knowles, prosecuting, said the accused was seen lunging at Ms Burt in the club’s smoking area and pushing her to the ground.

She then punched her victim on the head as they struggled with each other.

Both women were ejected from the club but the trouble continued outside after Ms Burt sat down on the ground. Brodie lunged at her again and this time kicked her on the head, Mrs Knowles said.

Brodie, from Blackridge, pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman to her injury on January 4 this year.

The court heard her victim suffered facial injuries and needed hospital treatment for swelling to her lower back.

Darryl Lovie, defending, claimed Brodie had also been injured in the fight which developed.

He said: “It wasn’t immediately apparent that Miss Burt was a disabled person.

“It would appear she wasn’t sufficiently disabled to prevent her causing injuries to my client.

“My client apologises for her behaviour.”

Sheriff Douglas Kinloch fined Brodie £225.

He told her: “You acted in an aggressive way which was entirely unacceptable, especially the kick to the head.”