A woman accused of starting a brutal strip club fight in which she “straddled” a rival dancer and threatened her with a pair of scissors has finally appeared in court – six years after the scrap took place.
Nycherene Whitehorne lashed out at rival dancer Toyin Rausch during an argument about punters and money in March 2015, the court heard, but disappeared before the case could come to court.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard how Whitehorne, 40, escaped south of the Border to England shortly after the fight at Silhouettes club in Aberdeen, after which police lost track of her.
The outstanding warrant only came to light after cops attended a disturbance at Whitehorne’s home in Croydon, south London.
The Daily Record reports that Fiscal depute Sean Ambrose explained how the fight followed a disagreement involving the accused and the victim about a customer and money.
He told the court that two witnesses broke the fight up: "The witnesses noted the accused on top of the complainer.
"The complainer fought back by punching and kicking out at the accused.
"At this time, witnesses intervened and attempted to stop this behaviour, at which point, one of the witnesses saw the accused grappling with the complainer and falling to the ground."
“One of the witnesses further noted the accused being restrained while holding a pair of scissors, holding them at waist height, blades pointing outwards.
"Witnesses also noted the complainer was lying naked on the floor opposite restrained by one of the other witnesses," he added.
"The witnesses immediately grabbed the accused, removed the scissors from her and restrained her.
"The complainer was also restrained, however, the struggle continued with the complainer attempting to fight the accused by swinging a heeled shoe.
"Officers were contacted and attended… The accused and complainer were both cautioned and arrested and conveyed to Kittybrewster custody suite. Neither were injured as a result of the disturbance.”
Toyin told The Sun that she thought Whitehorne was "a dangerous woman," adding "I thought she was going to kill me that night."
“Dancing was handy because I’m a single mum and sometimes I struggle for money," she said.
“But I gave it up after that. I didn’t want to be there anymore after what she did to me.
“I even got refused for a British passport because of it. It all feels so unfair.”
Defence agent Lynn Bentley said: "This matter occurred in March 2015. The accused at that time had no previous convictions and she still has no other matters.
"She came to the notice of police on Monday when a disturbance took place at her address.
"It did not result in criminal charges, but checks were made and a warrant from 2015 was revealed.
"She was therefore arrested at 3pm on Monday and has been in transit, arriving in Aberdeen at 3am this morning.
"She has a now identified heart problem and is medicated for anxiety and panic attacks."
Sheriff Hodge deferred sentence until later this month to get information on Whitehorne's studying.
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