Warn­ing as Cri­eff woman flouts bail con­di­tions twice

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS -

A Strath woman who twice flouted a bail or­der - the first time just four days after it was im­posed - was warned that the con­di­tions were there to be abided by.

And that courts were in­creas­ingly los­ing pa­tience with of­fend­ers who re­peat­edly ig­nored them.

Sher­iff Lind­say Foulis told 23-yearold Ebony Ste­wart, of Al­li­gan Cres­cent, Cri­eff, that bail wasn’t an op­tional ex­tra.

“The bail con­di­tions are im­posed by the court - they aren’t free give-aways.

“This is not two for the price of one. Courts get a bit irked and a bit an­noyed when peo­ple just ig­nore them.”

It had hap­pened not just once but twice in Ste­wart’s case.

“It’s not just you,” added the sher­iff. “It hap­pens time and time and time again.

“And it re­ally be­gins to get a bit an­noy­ing.”

Ste­wart had been freed on bail from Perth Sher­iff Court on Septem­ber 12 with a con­di­tion that she didn’t ap­proach or con­tact Jamie Hunter in any way.

But be­tween Septem­ber 16 and 17, 2017, she was found in his com­pany at a house in Kil­drum­mie Ter­race, Methven.

De­pute fis­cal Clare Kennedy said that Ste­wart was found by po­lice hid­ing in a kitchen cup­board in Hunter’s home.

A sec­ond bail breach took place around 5pm on Septem­ber 24 when po­lice on mo­bile pa­trol in Perth city cen­tre saw the fe­male in Mr Hunter’s car.

Sher­iff Foulis im­posed a Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der, re­quir­ing her to com­plete 100 hours of un­paid work in the next three months, on one of the bail charges.

Sen­tence on the other was de­ferred for her good be­hav­iour un­til March 21.

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