A woman has appeared in court following a brawl in a spot renowned for attracting problem street drinkers.

Sally Kilty, of Bradford Road in Fartown, was before Kirklees magistrates.

The 43-year-old admitted assaulting Rachael Matthews on July 2.

The incident happened during the early evening in St Peter’s Gardens in Huddersfield town centre.

Both women were drinking as part of a group and an argument developed between them.

There was a fight and Kilty was seen punching Ms Matthews to the head.

Magistrates heard that this happened after Kilty said she was going to tell Ms Matthews’ boyfriend that she had been seeing other men.

At the time the area was busy with families who were enjoying the willow sculptures in the gardens as part of the Tour de France celebrations, which also included the French farm in St George's Square.

 

In June Kilty was given two year community order by Leeds Crown Court after she admitted being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

She was arrested as part of Operation Overwood, a major undercover police operation carried out in Kirklees over several months.

Carl Kingsley, mitigating, said that his client and the rest of the group were all in drink after gathering in the area, known as ‘Pigeon Park’.

He explained that Kilty has a problem with heroin and alcohol, particularly cider.

Mr Kingsley asked magistrates to keep Kilty’s current community order in place.

They ordered her to pay Ms Matthews £50 compensation.

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