Out­burst in ben­e­fits dis­pute at Job­cen­tre

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A 24-year-old woman caused may­hem in Blair­gowrie Job­cen­tre af­ter chal­leng­ing staff over un­paid ben­e­fits.

When Zoe Tully was told to speak to her bank about the prob­lem she be­came ag­gres­sive and started shout­ing and swearing.

De­spite be­ing asked to leave, she con­tin­ued with her out­burst.

And when James Pieroni picked up his phone to dial 999 she “lunged across from her seat” and at­tempted to stop him mak­ing the call.

“She con­tin­ued shout­ing and s we a r i n g a n d a me mbe r o f s t a f f moved for­ward to usher her from the premises,” said de­pute fis­cal Claire Kennedy.

“As she was mak­ing her way out she knocked over a bin which had been hold­ing the front door open.”

Tu l l y , o f P a r k P l a c e , R a t t r a y , ad­mit­ted caus­ing the dis­tur­bance in the Job­cen­tre Plus of­fice in Perth Street, Blair­gowrie, on May 23.

She was re­leased af­ter her ar­rest and told not to re­turn to the premises.

But she pled guilty to at­tempt­ing to get in the fol­low­ing day.

Ms Kennedy said that the ac­cused had gone to the of­fice to speak to a su­per­vi­sor as she felt she had not been paid.

“She was ad­vised that wasn’t the case and she would have to speak to her bank as to why the money wasn’t show­ing in her ac­count,” the fis­cal said.

“She wasn’t happy with this and star ted shout­ing and swear ing at mem­bers of staff and ac­cus­ing them of steal­ing money from her.”

So­lic­i­tor David Holmes said Tully had “no mem­ory” of what had hap­pened.

She had not re­turned to the Job­cen­tre since May 24.

Sh e r i f f Wi l l i a m Wood d e f e r re d sen­tence on Tully un­til Jan­uar y 25 and warned her to stay out of fur­ther trou­ble un­til then.

“This was an angr y out­burst for what­ever rea­sons,” he said. “Let’s see if you can keep a lid on it.” Tully had her bail con­tin­ued.

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