A TEENAGE girl battered a takeaway worker after claiming her colleague took photos of her.

Shelby Lappin was at a hot food store on Coustonholm Road, Shawlands, on September 6 last year, when she angrily accused a staff member of taking pictures of her.

She was told no photos were taken, but went on to attack a woman who was working at the store.

The 18-year-old appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to the assault.

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The court heard: “The accused punched the woman to the left side of her face and head numerous times.

“The accused then took a key from her pocket and swung it at the woman. She grabbed her by her hair and by the clothes. This left the woman terrified and worried.

“Police were contacted. Officers attended and observed swelling and bruising to the woman’s face on her left side.

“The police thereafter attended at the accused’s home address where she was arrested.

“She was later cautioned and charged and replied, ‘it was self-defence, she grabbed me first.’”

Lappin, from Easterhouse, is now pregnant, and has a change in attitude, her defence solicitor said.

He added: “She is deeply embarrassed and ashamed of her lifestyle at the time and what happened on this occasion.

“The social work report concludes that a community-based disposal would be suitable. My submission would be a supervision element.”

Sheriff Mary Shields told Lappin: “I accept your solicitor’s submissions that the involvement of social work would be an appropriate element.

“On my consideration of your sentence, having regard to your age, I’m going to deal with this matter by deferring sentence to the youth court in three months’ time.”

Lappin will appear in court again in September.