A WOMAN pulled out a clump of another woman's hair after she asked her to keep the noise down.

Blackburn magistrates heard Akhtar Bi Hussain had been drinking vodka prior to the incident in the communal kitchen of the hostel where both women were living.

Hussain, 40, of Grange Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to assaulting Giorgina Trotim causing her actual bodily harm.

She was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 10 days rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay the victim £500 compensation.

Paul Huxley, prosecuting, said the defendant and the victim were living in a hostel in Luton at the time of the incident in March 2019.

The victim asked Hussain to keep the noise down because she had to go to work in the morning and she became "highly confrontational."

"She grabbed the other woman by the hair and as they were separated by other people a large clump of hair was pulled out," said Mr Huxley.

"The victim described the incident as extremely traumatic and shortly after she left the country to visit family in Germany where she felt safe.

"She said she was extremely self-conscious of the large bald patch at the front of her head and every time she looked in the mirror it reminded her of the incident."

Waseem Choudhary, defending, said his client accepted responsibility and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

"She has greatly reduced the amount she drinks since this incident," said Mr Chowdhary.