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A PENSIONER threw ink into the face of best-selling author Val McDermid after holding a 28-year vendetta over a paragraph in one of her books. Sandra Botham told Wire in the Blood writer Ms McDermid "I will see you in hell" and branded her a "fat liar" as a magistrates' court hearing into the attack erupted in chaos.

Botham, who stormed out of the trial, was convicted in her absence of common assault on the author during a book signing at Sunderland University. The 64-year-old, of Ridley Terrace, Hendon, Sunderland, had objected to a paragraph written by Ms McDermid in her 1985 book A Suitable Job for a Woman, which Botham claims was critical of herself and her family. In revenge, she dressed in disguise, pulling on a blonde wig and hat and, on December 6 last year, threw ink into Ms Mc-Dermid's mouth during the signing session.

At Sunderland Magistrates' Court, Botham, representing herself, told the bench to "get stuffed" when they refused to allow her to read from the book. Scottish-born McDermid, 58, now lives in Northumberland.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 10, 2013
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