A COWDENBEATH woman assaulted her daughter by grabbing and squeezing her neck during an argument.

Margaret Baker, 57, of Keir Street, appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She previously admitted that on March 11 last year, at an address in Cowdenbeath, she assaulted her daughter by seizing her by the neck, applying pressure and scratching her, all to her injury.

Depute fiscal Alistair McDermid said there had been a family gathering which had started off as a “happy evening”.

However, an argument broke out at around 11.30pm and this ended up with Baker being asked to leave.

A struggle then began between the mother and daughter: “It was described as a commotion with the accused trying to throttle (her daughter),” said the depute.

“Her nails were digging into the complainer’s neck and she was screaming: ‘Let go’. People got between and it was broken up.”

Defence solicitor Barbara Collie said: “She accepts there was a heated argument and that she lost control, grabbing her by the neck.”

Sheriff Alison McKay told Baker: “Whatever happened between you and your daughter, this was not your finest hour.” She imposed a £600 fine.