Hairdresser gave pal ‘broken nose’ after muddy jumpsuit row on Ladies’ Day

A hairdresser has been convicted of assaulting her two friends after violence erupted outside a racecourse on Ladies’ Day.

Karen Jeffrey, 48, left Brooke Marshall with two black eyes and a possible broken nose after reacting angrily when her mud-stained white jumpsuit was mocked.

They came to blows outside the venue and another friend, Joanne Falconer, told the court how she had been left with bruised ribs after the attack.

Jeffrey, of Hamilton, Scotland, denied assaulting the pair outside the town’s racecourse on August 3, 2019.

She was found guilty on Tuesday after the trial and was told to pay each of her victims £500, report the Daily Record.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard the women were all in a group who had attended the annual ladies’ event.

But their evening was cut short when torrential rain caused the meeting to be abandoned.

Violence then flared after the group decided to walk to a restaurant in nearby Bothwell.

The area was crowded and some racegoers used their phones to film the bust-up.

Kitchen designer Joanne, 24, said Jeffrey took exception to mud stains on Brooke’s white jumpsuit.

She told Shaun Alexander, prosecuting: “Karen made a comment about having different standards and said Brooke could not go to the restaurant looking like that.

“There was an argument and Karen pulled me to the ground. She was on top of me.

“Brooke tried to stop her, but Karen pulled her hair. I tried to get Karen away from Brooke and she punched me, giving me an instant black eye.

“It was a traumatic experience. I was on painkillers for suspected cracked ribs.”

Brooke, 25, said Jeffrey punched her “several times on the face” and threw her to the ground.

Both victims admitted they had been drinking, but insisted they were not drunk and denied a defence claim that they had attacked Jeffrey.

Brooke, who broke down in tears during her evidence, responded: “That’s ridiculous. I’ve never been in a fight in my life.”

Jeffrey’s lawyer, Angela McCracken, claimed the pals “kicked off” after her client said Brooke “was in no fit state to go anywhere and should go home”.

She also alleged that Jeffrey was “in fear for her life” when she was attacked and had some of her hair extensions pulled out.

Jeffrey said in evidence that Brooke and Joanne had told “fib after fib” and she insisted that she had only pushed them away when they attacked her.

Returning guilty verdicts, Sheriff Douglas Brown said he found the complainers’ evidence “compelling”.

The sheriff added: “At times they were quite emotional describing what happened. It obviously had a significant impact on them.

“I much preferred their evidence to that of the accused.”

Jeffrey was given 28 days to pay the financial penalty.