Mum ends up in cells af­ter row with drug search cops

She screamed at of­fi­cers at her home

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

A mum-of-four spent a night in a cell af­ter mouthing off at cops search­ing her home.

Gil­lian Strang, 43, was lifted af­ter she bawled at of­fi­cers look­ing for drugs.

She was filmed scream­ing dur­ing the stand-off on her doorstep.

The lout ad­mit­ted ob­struct­ing po­lice dur­ing a hear­ing at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Frank Clarke told how she tried to stop con­sta­bles car­ry­ing out their du­ties.

He said: “Po­lice act­ing un­der the terms of a search war­rant ex­e­cuted it by at­tend­ing her ad­dress. “That’s cap­tured on CCTV. “She can clearly be seen talk­ing over and swear­ing while an of­fi­cer was at­tempt­ing to read the con­tent of the war­rant.

“Hands were placed on her for the pur­pose of ar­rest­ing her. “She didn’t take kindly to that. “Once she had been re­strained, an of­fi­cer read out the war­rant.

“A search en­sued and started in the bed­room – 6.7g of cannabis was found.”

Strang kicked-off af­ter cops turnedup at her home in Bar­rhead’s Lev­ern Gar­dens.

She mouthed-off be­fore be­ing held back by cops dur­ing the visit around 11.30am last Novem­ber 6.

De­fence lawyer John McGuire in­sisted his client was stressed af­ter con­stant rows with those liv­ing nearby.

He said: “I’m told she has just been di­ag­nosed with COPD. “She was up­set. “She had been hav­ing prob­lems with neigh­bours over a num­ber of months.

“There had been a num­ber of complaints with no sub­stance what­so­ever.

“Po­lice at­tended her home and she pro­fesses to be­ing up­set with the at­ti­tude of of­fi­cers.

“She clearly over­re­acted and re­grets be­hav­ing in the way she did.”

The court heard Strang is a sin­gle par­ent with four chil­dren.

Among them are a 16- year- old daugh­ter and a 10-year-old son, who has brain dam­age.

Strang re­ceives ben­e­fits and claimed any fi­nan­cial penalty would im­pact on the care of her fam­ily.

Sher­iff David Pender or­dered her to com­plete com­mu­nity ser­vice and warned she would be pun­ished for skiv­ing.

He said: “There is no point in me im­pos­ing a fine, this would sim­ply im­pact on your chil­dren.

“You will per­form 70 hours of un­paid work within seven months.

“If you do not do it, I will get a re­port and you will be brought back to court.

“I may then have to con­sider other op­tions.”

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