A KELTY woman launched an attack on her son’s friend after inviting him to her house to sort out a dispute.

Paula Houston, 37, of Keltyhill Crescent, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She admitted that on July 11 llast year, at her home, she assaulted a male, seized him by the neck, pulled him to the ground, hit him on the body and brandished a crutch at him.

Depute fiscal Catherine Stevenson said the assault victim was a friend of Houston’s son.

Houston had sent him a message asking him to attend her house in an effort to resolve issues between him and her son.

He went there and when he knocked on the door, Houston opened it and grabbed him, “pulling him inside by the scruff of the neck”, added the depute.

She then pulled him to the ground and the pair of them ended up “rolling about the floor” for some time.

Defence solicitor Callum Harris said there had been a dispute between his client’s son and the complainer.

“She did not try to resolve matters in the most civilised manner,” he conceded.

“She accepts she started the incident,” he added, but said his client, a single mother-of-three, was badly injured sustaining a fractured eye socket and broken nose.

Sheriff Wylie Robertson told Houston: “The tall and short of it is this incident was started by you.”

He fined her £520.