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Jail term for Edinburgh underpass assault

Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Image caption Natalie Paterson admitted attacking Emma Flint at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in July

A thief who carried out a vicious assault on a woman with learning difficulties, leaving her scarred for life, has been jailed for 14 months.

Natalie Paterson, 40, attacked Emma Flint at an underpass in Murrayburn Drive, Edinburgh on 7 August 2008.

Ms Flint was robbed of two mobile phones, a bank card, a bus pass, cigarettes, house keys and £50.

Paterson, from Edinburgh, admitted carrying out the assault and robbery at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in July.

Two other women were also charged in connection with the attack but their not guilty plea to the allegation was accepted by the Crown.

Permanent disfigurement

Paterson also admitted assaulting a child at an address in Edinburgh in February of last year.

Defence agent Paul Dunne told the court that Paterson had experienced troubles in her life including with alcohol and drugs.

Sheriff Alistair Noble said: "You participated in an assault and robbery on a woman with learning difficulties.

"The complainer suffered a degree of injury and a degree of permanent disfigurement.

"The case can only be dealt with by way of a custodial sentence and a supervised release order should be made also to protect the public."

Sheriff Noble imposed a seven-month supervised release order on Paterson and also sentenced her to two months custody for the assault on the child which will run alongside the other sentence.

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