Woman guilty of assault with glass bottle

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A 21-year-old woman was found guilty of hitting a man over the head with a bottle in Campbeltown’s Main Street when she appeared before the town’s sheriff court last week.

Courtney Cairns, of 2 St James Way, Coatbridge, previously of Campbeltown, denied pushing the 21-year-old man on the body and striking him on the head, to his injury on June 30, 2017.

The man was in the company of his then girlfriend and had approached Cairns who was with a male friend whom he accused of ‘being creepy and weird’ towards his girlfriend.

An argument escalated during which Cairns struck the man on the side of the head with a bottle of Buckfast in a blue carrier bag; the bottle did not smash.

Giving evidence in her own defence, Cairns told the court that the man’s actions left her friend ‘cowering in a corner’.

She said: ‘I was trying to get him home. He was going to breach curfew; he was on a tag.’

The bottle was in a carrier bag she had wrapped around her wrist and as she tried to get the man away ‘the bag swung round my wrist and caught him’.

She added: ‘I just wanted to get [friend] home, have a nice evening and play Xbox.’

Sheriff Hughes found her guilty of assault by striking on the head with a glass bottle.

He deferred sentence until September 19 for sentencing and called for reports to be prepared on Cairns.