Woman ac­cused of chas­ing kids with knife

Charges in­clude goad­ing teens to fight and punch­ing boy

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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.

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