Offender claims she was 'provoked' into punching man in the privates during Denny attack
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Heather O’Donnell, 39, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to assaulting a man – striking him to the head and groin to his injury – in the Denny area on November 26 last year.She also admitted engaging in a course of conduct which caused a woman in the Denny area fear and alarm from April 12 to May 15 this year.
Stewart Duncan, procurator fiscal depute, said: “The complainer left his property. As he approached the accused, she approached him and lunged forward, punching him on the nose with a closed right fist.
"This caused him to drop his phone. As he bent down to pick it up she punched him in the genital area.”
O’Donnell then began to leave a large number of threatening social media and phone messages stating things like “I’m watching you, be careful” and “I know where he has moved to, watch out, be scared”.
She sent 30 messages saying “I will never leave your family alone – I’m coming for them all” and “watch your windows tonight and you cars”.
One of the most serious threats had her claiming she was going to kill a woman and her baby.
When police question her about the messages she told them: “I want them leathered.”
The court heard there had been allegations made which had driven O’Donnell to take action.
Sheriff Craig Harris noted there was some level of provocation when it came to the assault, and admonished O’Donnell, 17 Catherine Street, Bannockburn, for tht offence.
He said: “It's not simply a case of you assaulting someone – you were provoked.”
For the threats that cause fear and alarm, she was fined £320 to be paid back at a rate of £30 per month.
O’Donnell was also made subject to a non-harassment order not to contact any of the complainers in the case or enter the street where the offence took place in Denny.