A FEMALE thug who battered a woman unconscious in a taxi queue and then kicked her in the head was today given a £500 fine.

Natalie Hendry pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to attacking Kathleen Bryson, 49, on Sauchiehall Street in May last year.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC also ordered Hendry to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

The court heard 30-year-old Hendry was out with her partner and joined the queue. Miss Bryson was already in it with a friend.

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Prosecutor Chris Farrell said: “Witnesses saw both women bump into each other and this descended into a fight.

“The partner and friend tried to intervene, but this was unsuccessful.

“During the course of the fight, Hendry grabbed Miss Bryson and flung her to the ground.”

Hendry then got on top of Miss Bryson and pulled her hair and drove her face into the pavement.

Mr Farrell added: “At this point Miss Bryson was unconscious and Hendry gave her a kick to the head.”

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Miss Bryson was taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary suffering from cuts to her nose and the bottom of her chin which required stitches.

Mr Farrell said Miss Bryson had "recovered consciousness by this stage.”

Police arrested Hendry, of Cardonald, nearby.

Sheriff Martin Jones QC  told Hendry: “This is an alternative to custody and, if you breach this order, you will be brought back before me.”