Sentence deferred over woman’s ‘violent behaviour’
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.’