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A violent woman who broke a bouncer's nose in a drunken assault started punching herself in the head so she could claim she had been the victim of an attack.
Caitlyn Sims, 24, headbutted Natachia Vecsi outside The Old Brewery Tavern, in Stour Street, Canterbury, when 10 to 15 people became involved in a bust-up.
The door supervisor saw furious Sims heading towards the fight and grabbed her, saying "it's Tash", as she knew Sims' brother.
But Canterbury Crown Court heard how instead of calming down, the drunken woman turned round and headbutted the shocked Ms Vecsi, fracturing her nose.
Later Sims, of Becket Avenue, Canterbury, began hitting herself saying she would claim she had been a victim of an assault.
Prosecutor Lucy Luttman said despite specialist treatment, the victim has been left with a bump on her nose after the incident in April last year.
Sims, who admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, has now been ordered to pay her victim £500 compensation and ordered to do 300 hours' unpaid work.
The prosecutor said: "In April last year Ms Vecsi, a door supervisor, was called outside at 2am and she saw there was a fight involving between 10 to 15 people.
"She saw the defendant, who was very aggressive towards other members of staff and throwing her arms out. Sims was shouting and swearing and Ms Vecsi decided to restrain her.
"At that point the defendant put her head forward and then backwards before headbutting Ms Vecsi in the face with some force."
Sims broke free and was then restrained by another bouncer.
"This was a deeply unpleasant incident, particularly for your victim, who has been left with an injury which she is still suffering..." - Judge Heather Norton
She began kicking out before hitting herself in the head, saying she would make claims she was assaulted.
Ms Luttman said Sims later apologised to her victim, but after being arrested denied she had headbutted any member of staff.
Ms Vecsi later told police the injury had now "changed my appearance and left me with a bump to the bridge of my nose".
Sims - who last week slammed a taxi driver who ran over her dog - has previous convictions for burglary and affray and a caution for common assault in 2008.
Her lawyer Philip Rowley said: "There had been an incident at the pub involving her brother and it is clear that in her misguided drunken state she wanted to help.
"Although she accepts that she behaved totally inappropriately.
"At that time she was drinking inappropriately and her lifestyle was chaotic.
"She has now reduced her drinking and now doesn't go out at night to public houses."
Judge Heather Norton told her: "This was a deeply unpleasant incident, particularly for your victim, who has been left with an injury which she is still suffering.
"You had been taken hold of to calm you down and your victim was left with a fractured nose.
"But you have now changed your life. You are now going to marry and you have ambitions to return to college.
"I am going to take exceptional course and trusting in you to rewind the clock and return to college and make something of your life."
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