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A YOUNG woman who used the high heel of her shoe as a weapon in an unprovoked attack has been given a year-long community order.

Stacie Hunter, 23,  swore at and punched Yvonne Hall, who was trying to enjoy an evening with her family at The Blackwater Stream in Broadstone.

Alison Saunders, prosecuting, said the manager had already refused to serve Hunter when she stood up and shouted unprovoked abuse at Miss Hall and then punched her in the face.

Several men intervened and Hunter walked away before returning back towards Miss Hall, Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court was told.

Fearing she was about to be attacked again, Miss Hall pulled her to the floor and the pair grappled before being pulled apart.

“Miss Hunter left the pub but then went back in and had taken off one of her high heels,” said Miss Saunders. “She hit her in the head causing a gouge which required hospital treatment.”

Doug Derrick, defending, said Hunter was currently unemployed but hoping to get a job soon.

“She has not been out socialising in this way since the incident and has not taken any drink except a modest amount at home,” he said. “She has joined a gym and is dieting and really feels that this incident has prompted her to get hold of her life and sort things out.”

Deputy District Judge William Tate told her: “As you will no doubt have reflected over the past few months, it was an unpleasant experience.

“You were clearly out of control by drink and you hit someone on the head with a sharp object – your shoe heel – which could have caused more injury than it did.”

He said she would have to carry out 50 hours of supervised work over a 12-month period and ordered her to pay £100 in compensation, £85 in costs and a £60 surcharge.

She was also banned from entering The Blackwater Stream pub for two years.