A FEW drinks under her belt launched Kylie Cheryl Burns into an explosive hissy fit, pulling a woman's hair and pummelling her in punches.
With the woman fallen to the gutter Burns sat on top of her, landing the blows to her head and face.
The victim was a stranger who Burns met that night drinking in the Queens Hotel with friends.
Her nasty behaviour was not fully explained despite Burns, 35, a mum of three, pleading guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to assault on November 5 last year.
Burns had been charged with assault causing bodily harm but an hour before her defended hearing she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge.
Police prosecutor Gavin Reece said the women left the hotel just before 10pm and while walking along the street toward a taxi rank Burns walked up behind the woman, aged in her 30s, pulled her hair then pushed her, causing her to lose balance and fall to the ground.
Mr Reece said Burns sat on top of the woman which prevented her from getting up.
Police arrived and saw the women in the gutter.
Mr Reece said the injured woman was taken to hospital with abrasions, bruises and cuts to her face and head but no bodily harm was done.
Burns was arrested at Gladstone train station the next day.
Lawyer Jun Pepito said Burns was visiting the hotel with friends and been drinking when there was a verbal argument and altercation with the woman.
Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke said the assault seemed to be out of character with little criminal history.
"You have to make sure there is no repetition of this behaviour," he said.
"There is no excuse for it. The behaviour should be something you are thoroughly ashamed off."
Mr Clarke said the violence happened in the context of excessive alcohol consumption.
"I urge you to curb your drinking and how you conduct yourself in the streets at night," he said.
Mr Clarke fined Burns $500 and ordered her to pay $500 to the victim for pain and suffering.
The conviction was not recorded.
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