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Assault at birthday party

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A Perth woman has been spared jail after“losing all control”at her friend’s birthday party.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that

37- year-old Tracey McGregor had taken alcohol on top of strong painkiller­s and had“no recollecti­on of what she had done.”

But she admitted repeatedly biting Emma King on the head and body - and then trying to sink her teeth into PC Ben Samson’s hand after she had been arrested and taken to Dundee police headquarte­rs.

McGregor, of Andrew Heiton Court, Scooniebur­n, also shouted and swore, acted in an aggressive manner and tipped over a table.

Two of the offences took place at a house party in Perth’s Nimmo Avenue on May 2 this year.

Sentence on the accused had been deferred for a background report.

Solicitor David Holmes said:“A number of matters have taken place in her life which are rather more severe than the average person would have to deal with.”

He added:“She had no idea what she had done, although that’s not an excuse in any shape or form.”

As a result, she had“lost”the friendship of the assault victim at the party.

Noting her previous conviction­s, Sheriff William Wood said they indicated she was“capable of significan­t violence on occasions.”

He warned her of the dangers of “putting herself in a situation where she had too much to drink and lost all control and all recollecti­on.”

Sheriff Wood imposed a Community Payback Order as a“direct alternativ­e”to prison.

McGregor will be supervised by a social worker for 12 months and will have to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

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