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Bride fined after wedding fight
Teresa Brown and Mark Allerton [Pic: Newsline]
The new bride admitted assaulting her husband in their hotel room
A bride arrested on her wedding day for fighting with her husband while still in her dress has been fined by a court.

Teresa Brown, 33, attacked Mark Allerton, 40, in Aberdeen after they married at Ardverikie - made famous by television series Monarch of the Glen.

She hit him with a stiletto heel at the Hilton Treetops Hotel and was detained still wearing her dress by police.

The bride admitted assault at Aberdeen Sheriff Court and was fined 250. The couple are still together.

The incident happened in Aberdeen on 21 April.

Fiscal depute Alan Townsend said: "It's a somewhat sad situation.

The accused was not particularly friendly to police. She was in quite a distraught state and was asked to calm down before being arrested
Alan Townsend
Fiscal depute

"It was the wedding reception of the accused - she being the bride - and about midnight, the duty manager at the Hilton Treetops was at the reception desk when the accused's new husband attended holding a blood stained towel to his head.

"He indicated that his wife had hit him over the head with a stiletto heel."

Staff called in police who turned up to find the room where the couple were due to spend their first night together damaged.

Mr Allerton was taken to the accident and emergency unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary to be treated for a head wound.

'Intense pressure'

Mr Townsend added: "The room was covered in broken glass and wires were pulled out of sockets throughout the room.

"The accused was not particularly friendly to police. She was in quite a distraught state and was asked to calm down before being arrested.

"She indicated there was an argument and both were accusing each other of different things. She said he had a hold of her and she was just protecting herself."

Brown's solicitor Stuart Beveridge blamed his client's behaviour on her mental state at the time, as she had been drinking while on anti-depressants.

It was a very unfortunate incident and was very much out of character
Stuart Beveridge
Defence solicitor

However, he pointed out that she was still married and had offered to pay for the damage to the hotel - estimated at 500.

Mr Beveridge, who showed the court a letter from Mr Allerton "explaining the situation", said: "She and her husband are still together, although they have been under intense pressure because of this case.

"There was an argument and they were both throwing things at each other. She says her husband had a hold of her but she accepts she hit him over the head. It was a very unfortunate incident and was very much out of character.

"She was diagnosed with mild depression two years ago and had been drinking at the time but as a result of her behaviour she is now receiving counselling."

'Resolved matters'

Brown admitted charges of assault to injury and vandalism when she appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Sheriff James Tierney admonished Brown for the attack on her husband because "they have since resolved matters".

In addition to the 250 fine for the damage, he ordered her to pay the hotel 500 compensation for the damage she caused.

Brown refused to comment on the case as she left court.

The couple were married at the Ardverikie Estate near Newtonmore. They then drove to Aberdeen for their wedding reception.




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