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A woman, aged 82, aided by a Zimmer frame, appeared from custody for a Campbeltown trial.

Maureen Jackman, of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty to a charge of behaving in a disorderly manner and failing to leave a licenced premises when requested to by a police officer.

During the recent trial the first witness told the court that a social worker took Jackman to the West Loch Hotel, on Friday December 8, last year.

It was arranged that Jackman could stay four nights but would have to check out on Tuesday December 12, as from that date all the rooms were taken.

On the Tuesday, Jackman sat in the lounge and refused to leave for nearly six hours until police were called. Staff had continually called social services to no avail.

Police officers called social services but during a conference call Jackman turned off her hearing aid. The court was told Jackman was abrupt, patronising and dismissive.

Eventually she was arrested for failing to leave and taken by police van to Oban. As she had nowhere to go in the freezing conditions she was remanded in custody.

Summing up Sheriff Patrick Hughes said that he thought the charge had been proven beyond all reasonable doubt. Given that Jackman had been on remand, for two months, he would give her an absolute discharge.