A CARDENDEN woman assaulted a neighbour after a car window was broken.

Karen Cunningham went to confront the woman but viciously assaulted her when she was pushed.

The incident ended in a brawl between the pair.

Cunningham, 37, of Main Road, Cardenden, previously admitted that on December 26 at Bluebell Gardens, Cardenden, she did assault a female and did repeatedly punch her on the head, drag her to the ground, all to her severe injury.

Depute Fiscal, Alistair McDermott, told Dunfermline Sheriff Court on Wednesday, that Cunningham went to the complainer's house at 18.55.

During the course of time there the complainer pushed the accused. Cunningham then reacted by repeatedly punching the complainer to her head and then dragging her to the ground causing a cut to the complainer's right eye.

The injury required six stitches and there was also bruising to her left cheek.

Following the assault, the incident turned into a fight. The complainer's child who was just eight years-old was present at the time.

Cunningham was also injured during the fight. Her hair had been ripped out resulting in a bald patch and she had marks on her arms.

Defence solicitor, Larissa Milligan, explained that on the evening in question a car window was broken and that Cunningham had gone to have a civilised conversation with the complainer.

"She accepts her actions were excessive and has shown remorse," she said.

"She has no previous convictions and has lost her job as a support worker."

Sheriff Charles Macnair said: "Whatever the difficulty you had, you were in her house and an assault in someone's house is an aggravation.

"I take into account, however, that you are a first offender despite this being a serious assault."

Cunningham was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work.