Woman accused of chasing kids with knife
Charges include goading teens to fight and punching boy
A woman is accused of brandishing a knife at a number of children during a disturbance at a secondary school.
Margaret Rooney, 35, is alleged to have thrown a brick at one teenage girl, assaulted a teenage boy by punching him, and challenged two teenage boys to fight each other.
She is also accused of chasing four children while in possession of a blade during the incident which took place at St Benedict’s Secondary School, Linwood, on March 12.
The accused, who appeared at a special hearing at Paisley Sheriff Court, is denying the four charges that form the complaint against her
Her defence agent Bob Mitchell told the court: “The accused is pleading not guilty to the charges and I would invite the court to fix a diet for trial.
“I would ask the court that she be given bail in relation to his matter.”
Fiscal depute Hazel Emmerson said the accused, of Wilson Avenue, Linwood, would be required to agree to special conditions of bail imposed by the court.
These include her not approaching or entering St Benedict’s School, Bridge of Weir Road, Linwood, unless she is asked to attend a pre-arranged appointment with a member of staff.
She is also freed on the condition that she does not attempt to approach or contact any of the four teenage children involved in the case.
Her defence agent Mr Mitchell successfully argued that she be allowed to visit a member of her family on lives in Clippens Road, adjacent to the school.
Court papers reveal the accused is charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm in that she shouted, swore and demanded that a 14-year-old schoolboy fight another teenage boy.
She is alleged to have assaulted a 13- year- old girl by throwing a brick, or other object at her, and to assaulting a 14-year-old schoolboy by punching him.
Rooney is also charged with
Advertising Feature behaving in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm in that she did shout, swear and chase after four children, aged 13, 14, 16, and 17, while brandishing a knife.
Sheriff David Pender told the accused she would be granted bail on her agreeing to comply with the special conditions imposed by the court.
Rooney, who acknowledged she would comply, is expected to appear for trial on July 18, with a pre-trial hearing fixed for June 19.