A HAIRDRESSER from Prestwick who smashed a woman’s head on the ground during a brutal attack after a text message row has been told to pay £200 to the victim.

Self-employed crimper Cheryl McKelvie, 43, returned to Ayr Sheriff Court last week to find out her punishment after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to a charge of assault to injury.

McKelvie’s guilty plea had been lodged when her case reached the ‘intermediate diet’ stage in court last year, with sentencing deferred for six months to enable her to show she could avoid any further trouble.

When McKelvie returned to court last week, Sheriff Desmond Leslie ordered her to pay £200 compensation to the victim of the attack, at a rate of £20 per week, after being told the accused had been of good behaviour.

The procurator fiscal depute had previously told the court how McKelvie and the victim of her assault had been arguing via text message on March 15, 2022 before a witness saw McKelvie attacking the other woman.

The fiscal depute said: “The witness observed the accused charging towards her. She proceeded to assault the witness on the ground.

“The accused was on top of her, punching her, grabbing her hair and banging her head.

“The witness observed the two females on the ground and the accused pinning [the complainer] by the shoulders and punching her face.

“She observed the accused enter a vehicle and then flee the locus. Police were contacted.

“The accused was cautioned and charged and made no reply.”