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Alyth grandmother jailed over tobacco row knife attack

A grandmother who attacked her friend with a knife in a row over tobacco has been jailed for 31 months.

Karen Campbell held a blade to Charlene Campbell's throat on 11 May before cutting, punching and kicking her, having accused her of stealing tobacco.

The 53-year-old, of Alyth, denied charges of assault but was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Perth Sheriff Court.

Having also admitted attacking a man in the street in October, she was jailed.

Campbell pleaded guilty to attacking Ian Fairweather in Alyth on 22 October by striking him on the head, body and legs.

'Alcohol issues'

She was found guilty of charges of seizing Charlene Campbell, no relation, by the hair, pinning her to to a wall, holding a knife against her throat and cutting her with it, before chasing her into the street and repeatedly punching and kicking her on the head and body.

Solicitor Kevin Hampton, defending, told the court his client had "issues" with alcohol.

Sheriff Fiona Tait told Campbell: "The difficulty you face is in the nature of the assault charge, because it involves assault with the use of a knife. I am afraid because of the nature of this, there is no alternative to custody."

Campbell was jailed for 31 months, and will be under supervision for 12 months following release.

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