Woman threat­ened school­girl

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMIE ROSS

A north-east woman has ad­mit­ted threat­en­ing to beat up a school­girl and her mum af­ter jump­ing on to a bus drunk.

Laura Gem­mell ap­peared at Peter­head Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day, where she ad­mit­ted telling a school pupil that she would get her sis­ter to at­tack her and then warn­ing her mum that she would per­son­ally “kick her head in”.

The court heard that the 39-year-old, of Queens Cres­cent in Rose­hearty, had been drink­ing heav­ily to cope with the death of her part­ner, and had boarded a bus in use by school pupils to travel to Strichen last year.

Fis­cal de­pute Ruar­idh McAl­lis­ter said she tar­geted one school­girl in par­tic­u­lar dur­ing the jour­ney from Fraser­burgh.

“The bus at the time was used by school pupils,” he added.

“She told her she was go­ing to get her sis­ter to beat her up.

“When the bus ar­rived in Strichen, (the girl’s mother) saw the ac­cused still shout­ing and swear­ing.

“She told her she would ‘kick her head in’. The bus driver told her to leave.”

The fright­ened young­ster had called her mum to meet her at the bus stop af­ter be­ing threat­ened by Gem­mell.

Yes­ter­day, her so­lic­i­tor, Sam Mil­li­gan, said Gem­mell now wanted the op­por­tu­nity to prove she could be on good be­hav­iour be­fore be­ing sen­tenced.

The re­quest was granted by Sher­iff Chris­tine McCrossan.

Mr Mil­li­gan ex­plained that his client had snapped af­ter be­ing laughed at by pupils on the bus for fall­ing in and out of con­scious­ness.

“At that point, Miss Gem­mell was not in a good place,” he said.

“She lost her part­ner of a num­ber of years, and she had been con­fronting her grief by con­sum­ing al­co­hol.

“She was made some­thing of a fig­ure of fun and ridiculed by these young­sters on the bus.

“She ob­vi­ously re­grets her be­hav­iour over that pe­riod and date.”

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Novem­ber 7 last year.

Gem­mell will re­turn to court on May 24 for sen­tenc­ing.

“She told her she was go­ing to get her sis­ter to beat her up”

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