A WOMAN who hit someone with a glass to the head at the The Burgh Bar in Dumbarton has been ordered to pay compensation.

Joanne O’Dell, of Hawthornhill Road, Castlehill, previously pleaded guilty to assault of the woman on January 1 and returned to Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week for sentencing.

But Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said the 28-year-old portrayed the incident to social workers as “almost an accidental occurrence”.

Defence solicitor Brian McGuire said there had been no “intention” to assault and there had been a minor situation that blew up.

The sheriff replied: “You cannot commit an assault accidentally.”

Mr McGuire said this was his client’s first appearance before the court and that “experience would suggest she has come into court today as the one and only time in her life as an accused person”.

He added: “Drink had been taken on this day, but not to any great excess. Parties bumped into each other and matters escalated.”

Sheriff Hendry told O’Dell: “What you did was a serious matter and the court has to mark that.”

He ordered O’Dell to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £350 in compensation to her victim.