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Lewis Anderson blames Buckfast for attack on woman in Fife

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Image caption Lewis Anderson, 18, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault to severe injury

A man who hit a woman in the face with a piece of wood in an unprovoked assault in Fife has blamed drinking Buckfast for the attack.

Lewis Anderson, 18, a prisoner in Polmont, pleaded guilty to assaulting Kathryn Wheater to her severe injury in Cupar on 20 September.

He told police: "I had been drinking Buckfast for the first time - I'm never drinking it again."

Sentence was deferred until January and he was remanded in custody.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard Miss Wheater, an ambulance technician, was walking home from a friend's house in Cupar in the early hours when she saw Anderson in the town's Hill Crescent.

Anderson later told police the two bottles of Buckfast he had consumed had made him "pumped and angry".

The 18-year-old was holding a large piece of wood which looked like it had been broken from a fence.

'Bit on the leg'

Without warning or provocation, Anderson walked up to Miss Wheater and hit her across the face with the wood.

He then hit her again as she fell to the ground before standing over her as she lay on the pavement and repeatedly punched her on the face.

Miss Wheater, 38, who was off duty at the time, tried to fight back and Anderson only fled after she bit him on the leg.

Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the court that Miss Wheater suffered a broken nose and significant bruising in the attack.

Sue Williams, defending, said the assault was "totally out of character".

She said: "It was undoubtedly an appalling incident.

"He drank two bottles of Buckfast having never drunk it before and he just flipped."

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