A drunk aspiring hair-dresser attacked a woman who ejected her from her home following a suggestion they shared a problem, a court has heard.

Hannah Hayes, of Clos yr Hylyg, Crymych, was due to stand trial for assault at Haverfordwest magistrates court on Monday morning, but changed her plea to guilty in the lead up to the hearing.

She previously admitted resisting an officer in the execution of her duty.

The court heard that Hayes, 36, sought sanctuary with downstairs neighbour Pixie Hood at around 10pm, after arguing with her boyfriend at his Narberth flat on July 6.

Vaughan Pritchard-Jones, prosecuting, said: “For some reason, despite the complainant simply trying to do the defendant a favour, Miss Hayes became abusive towards her.”

Hayes was told to leave after calling Miss Hood a name, but refused to go of her own accord. Miss Hood and a friend then pushed her out, and all three ended up on the floor in the process.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “The complainant says that at some stage during the struggle, while on the floor the defendant managed to get on top of her, take hold of her hair and banged her head against the floor.”

Miss Hood suffered a number of bruises to her arm, and the bench heard that Hayes, who had a number of previous convictions, struggled with officers as they tried to handcuff her.

Jonathan Webb, defending, said that both Hayes and Miss Hood had been drinking before the incident, and Miss Hood had ‘taken umbrage’ when Hayes made a comment which implied they had a mutual problem.

“Miss Hayes felt that she was being assaulted, but now accepts that it was reasonable force. There was a very brief struggle.”

Mr Webb added that Hayes did not believe that she would have banged Miss Hood’s head on the ground, but accepted that she had caused her injuries.

The court heard that Hayes, a hairdressing student, was taking steps to address her mental health and alcohol issues, and had not intended to aggravate Miss Hood with her choice of words on the night in question.

Magistrates imposed an 18-month community order with a 15 day rehabilitation activity requirement and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Hayes was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim plus £310 court costs and an £85 surcharge.