Sen­tence de­ferred over wo­man’s ‘vi­o­lent be­hav­iour’

The Oban Times - - News -

AN OBAN wo­man could face a cus­to­dial sen­tence if she does not stop her ‘drunken, vi­o­lent be­hav­iour’.

At Oban Sher­iff court last Tues­day (Au­gust 16), Lorna Camp­bell, 51, was ac­cused of act­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner and caus­ing fear and alarm at her home at 34b Soroba Road, Oban, on the evening of Jan­uary 24, when she called 999 stat­ing she was in pos­ses­sion of a knife. Camp­bell pleaded guilty to the charge. Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told the court she had threat­ened to hurt her­self and po­lice ar­rived to see her at the win­dow.

Mr McGinty said: ‘She said she would jump if po­lice came any­where near her. She was asked to put down the knife, which she did.’

Camp­bell was taken to hos­pi­tal, Mr McGinty con­tin­ued, but she be­came ag­gres­sive to po­lice of­fi­cers and ran off be­fore be­ing de­tained again. She con­tin­ued to shout and swear.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son asked the court: ‘ How much has she cost the tax­payer with all her drunken, vi­o­lent be­hav­iour?’

De­fend­ing, Laura McManus said: ‘ What she really has to do is ab­stain from al­co­hol. That is at the root of her of­fend­ing.’

‘Every­thing has been tried,’ Sher­iff An­der­son said, re­fer­ring to Camp­bell’s ap­pear­ances on a ‘reg­u­lar, fa­mil­iar and ex­pen­sive ba­sis’.

Sher­iff An­der­son de­ferred sen­tence for two months un­til Oc­to­ber 11, and con­cluded: ‘I am con­sid­er­ing a cus­to­dial sen­tence, be­cause some­how this has to stop.

‘You’re a drunken nui­sance, and you’re cost­ing a lot of money to this com­mu­nity.’

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