The friend of a murder victim was handed a curfew after admitting a revenge attack on the killer’s girlfriend.
Shelly Millar, 23, of Midmill Road, launched an assault on murderer Matthew Pope’s girlfriend, Melissa McKay.
He was jailed for life last year over the killing of Michael Given in a Dundee tower block.
Millar carried out the attack amid claims that Miss McKay, who gave evidence on Pope’s behalf at his trial, had made comments relating to the case on Facebook.
Millar, a close friend of Mr Given, approached Miss McKay and began punching and kicking her on the head and body before the victim was rescued by a neighbour.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard she was left with a possible broken rib and bruising to the kidneys as a result of the attack.
Depute fiscal Douglas Wiseman previously told the court: “Miss McKay is the girlfriend of a man recently imprisoned for the murder of Mr Given.
“Witness McKay states she was approached by one of the accused’s friends who grabbed her and a fight ensued.
“She then heard one of the females present saying ‘that’s her that’s Matty Pope’s girlfriend.
“She was then approached by the accused, who then began punching and kicking her to the head and body. She had obvious bruising and swelling to her face, bruises to her legs, a bleeding nose and a burst lip.
“At 11am the following day, she went to Ninewells Hospital accident and emergency.
“She suffered an injury to her lower back and ribs that may have been a result of a broken rib and had microscopic signs of blood, which may indicate a bruised kidney.”
Millar had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of assault to injury.
John Boyle, defending, said: “The complainer gave evidence at the murder trial which was at variance with the whole of the Crown case.
“She then said she intended to stand by her boyfriend and had made comments about the deceased.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown asked Mr Boyle: “You are not suggesting that it is proper to seek retribution?”
He replied: “No, just to make your lordship aware of the background.
“This behaviour does seem out of character. She has spent time in custody and it was not a pleasant experience.”
Sheriff Brown told Millar: “In February 2012, you were convicted of a contempt of court.
“You have now pled guilty to an offence which involves what appears to be the taking of revenge on your own in connection with something her boyfriend did and for which he was paying the penalty.
“This is an offence that has a flavour of ignoring the criminal justice system and doing it your own way.
“The proper sentence is nine months’ imprisonment but I have decided, with considerable hesitation, that I will impose a restriction of liberty order of 23 weeks.”
Matthew Pope was jailed for 17 years last year after a jury found him guilty of murdering Mr Given on July 21 2013.