A LAKE woman hit an acquaintance across the face with a bottle following a drunken argument, Island magistrates heard.

Emma Stafford, of Medeway, appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court on Tuesday (November 23) via video link.

The 41-year-old admitted assault by beating in Shanklin, on September 24, 2021.

She previously denied the offence, which took place at the Co-operative on Landguard Road.

Stafford also admitted a single count of disorderly conduct in Lake, on July 28.

Prosecutor, Ann Smout, told the court the first incident took place at Tesco Express, off The Fairway.

She said a shift leader at the store had been alerted by a colleague to an incident on the day in question.

Mrs Smout said Stafford had been upsetting other customers with her language, and when asked to leave, became abusive.

She said Stafford got into a rage which culminated in her throwing and kicking items in the store.

Mrs Smout said the second matter, which involved a weapon, began with Stafford shouting obscenities outside the Co-Operative in Shanklin.

She said a woman familiar to Stafford had approached her asking why she was being so rude.

Mrs Smout said an argument between the pair culminated in Stafford striking her victim across the face with a bottle, causing instant pain.

The court heard the victim took shelter in the store, terrified of being struck again, and Stafford was arrested.

Mrs Smout said Stafford had since been remanded in custody on other matters.

Barry Arnett, defending, said drink had played a part on both sides and Stafford had acted in self-defence, but accepted her reaction was excessive.

He said the victim had provoked Stafford and attempted to strike her with a bottle first.

He said Stafford evaded the attack and hit back with a bottle of her own.

The court heard Stafford's last offence of violence was back in 1998, and she was not a violent person.

Mr Arnett said she had issues with drugs and was working with Inclusion.

Stafford was fined £270 for the assault and a further £120 for disorderly conduct.

She was given a 12-month restraining order, and ordered to pay costs of £150 and a £34 surcharge.