Prison warn­ing for woman who lashed out at cops

Sen­tence de­ferred

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

A St Ninians woman who strug­gled vi­o­lently with po­lice of­fi­cers has had a court or­der for­bid­ding her from con­tact­ing a friend lifted.

El­iz­a­beth Mar­garet Ma­cLean, of Cul­tenhove Road, re­sisted, ob­structed or hin­dered two of­fi­cers and lashed out with her body dur­ing a dis­tur­bance at Falkirk Po­lice Of­fice on Fe­bru­ary 18 last year.

The 20-year-old also be­haved in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner by re­peat­edly shout­ing and swear­ing at Forth Val­ley Royal Hospi­tal in Lar­bert on April 1.

And on July 7 she then con­ducted her­self in a dis­or­derly man­ner by shout­ing and swear­ing, sit­ting in the mid­dle of the road pre­vent­ing traf­fic from pass­ing, and shout­ing sui­ci­dal in­ten­tions while on Cul­tenhove Road.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Frazer McCready spoke on be­half of Ma­cLean who was ap­pear­ing in the dock from cus­tody in re­la­tion to all three mat­ters on Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Mr McCready said: “She is cur­rently spend­ing her first time in de­ten­tion and she is due to be re­leased on Fe­bru­ary 20 [Mon­day].

“I would ask that you de­fer mat­ters to al­low her to go back in to the com­mu­nity. She knows what will hap­pen if she re-of­fends.

“She also wants spe­cial bail con­di­tions that she can­not be in con­tact with the co-ac­cused [on the July 7 charge] re­moved. She wants to be in con­tact with this girl, she wants a friend­ship with this girl.

“She can be­come iso­lated in the com­mu­nity and doesn’t have a great deal of sup­port. Her friends are her fam­ily.”

Fis­cal de­pute Adrian Fraser said: “The bail con­di­tions were there be­cause it was felt they were not a good in­flu­ence on each other.”

How­ever, Mr McCready replied: “To be fair, the for­mer co-ac­cused has been sup­port­ive of Ms Ma­cLean, send­ing her emails while she’s in prison. That’s what friends are for.

“She wants to re­new this friend­ship.”

Sher­iff Wil­liam Gilchrist told Ma­cLean: “You were warned pre­vi­ously that if you con­tinue to of­fend you would be in prison. That’s what hap­pened.

“The three mat­ters will be de­ferred for good be­hav­iour. If you don’t stay out of trou­ble you will go back to prison, and you now know what that’s like.

“I’m also go­ing to re­move the spe­cial bail con­di­tions. This is a test to see if you can be friends with her and re­main out of trou­ble.”

Sen­tence was de­ferred for three months for good be­hav­iour and so­cial work re­ports.

If you don’t stay out of trou­ble you will go back to prison

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