A woman who assaulted her sister during a “heated” argument has been ordered to pay her sibling £100 compensation.
Heather McBlain, from Duncairn Gardens in Belfast, was also handed a four-month prison sentence, which was suspended for 18 months, after she admitted a charge of assaulting her sister Lisa earlier this year.
Belfast Magistrate’s Court heard that police were called to a house in the Russell Court area of the city on February 20, and when they arrived they found an injured woman in the living room.
The victim displayed a number of injuries, including a bloody mouth and bruised forehead, and Heather McBlain was arrested for assaulting her sister.
During police interviews, the 45-year-old gave a “no comment” response.
When asked by District Judge Fiona Bagnall about his client’s “distinct lack of remorse”, defence counsel Luke Curran said McBlain apologised for the police having to come between two siblings involved in a “heated” argument.
Mr Curran said his client maintains that she was struck first by her sister, that she acted in self-defence - but she accepts “she went further than self-defence”.
Mrs Bagnall handed McBlain a suspended sentence and ordered that she pay her sister £100 compensation.