Woman abused of­fi­cers

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A WOMAN has ad­mit­ted be­ing abu­sive to po­lice and an Oban taxi driver af­ter be­ing re­fused to be taken to Glas­gow.

Mar­garet Hogg Wat­son, 49, of 21 Gol­spie Street, Glas­gow, pleaded guilty to act­ing in an ag­gres­sive and threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner, and ut­ter­ing threats of vi­o­lence at Sta­tion Square, Oban, on Septem­ber 24.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Eoin McGinty told Oban Sher­iff Court on Tues­day that the taxi driver, re­turn­ing to her ve­hi­cle, found Wat­son and her daugh­ter in the back.

He said: ‘Her daugh­ter was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated. The driver asked where they wanted to go. The ac­cused said, “Glas­gow”. She [the driver] asked for the money up front.’

The ac­cused, he said, ‘be­came ag­gres­sive and re­fused to leave. The daugh­ter was still asleep in the footwell.’ The driver called the po­lice. ‘The ac­cused re­mained abu­sive [and] at­tempted to lunge at the driver,’ he said. ‘She then turned on the po­lice, shout­ing, “I will f****** do you”. She was then ar­rested. She lashed out at po­lice, kick­ing an of­fi­cer. She then spat at the sergeant. Thank­fully, the spit missed him.’

De­fend­ing, Kevin McGin­ness said Wat­son was ‘mor­ti­fied’.

Sher­iff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘You should be mor­ti­fied by your vi­o­lent drunken be­hav­iour. This can­not con­tinue.’

She im­posed a struc­tured de­ferred sen­tence un­til Oc­to­ber 10.

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