A PEEBLES woman who assaulted two sisters on New Year's Day has been ordered to pay a total of £800 at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Jodie Sewell of Wemyss Place, pleaded guilty to striking both women to the head in the Crown Hotel, High Street, Peebles, on January 1.

The court heard how the 30-year-old entered the Crown Hotel with a bottle of Prosecco which she was told by a staff member she was not allowed to do.

Depute fiscal Anna Robertson said the accused has "not taken well to this".

The staff member tried to usher her outside and close the shutters in the pub but Sewell lunged at her and struck her in the face.

The woman's sister, who was also working in the Crown, asked Sewell why she had punched her sister and thereafter Sewell punched her in the face.

The first victim suffered a cut to her left eyebrow.

Defence lawyer Colin Severin said his client had been celebrating the New Year at the time and had bought a bottle of Prosecco at the County Hotel across the road.

He said: "She entered the wrong hotel and was confronted. She lashed out at no one in particular but caught the woman who had challenged her.

"On the second occasion she felt threatened and lashed out."

Mr Severin said Sewell suffered from a disorder which meant she had a tendency to lash out in this way.

He added: "She is embarrassed about this and apologetic to the victims who are otherwise friends."

Sewell was fined £300 for each of the two assaults and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the two sisters.

The fines and compensation are to be paid at £40 a month.