Sheriff gives two women chance to prove themselves

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Sheriff Patrick Hughes has given two Campbeltown women the chance to prove they can behave.

Former partners Vicky Gamble and Gina McKee appeared before him this week after an incident at McKee’s home at 2 Castlehill Court, Campbeltown,  on October 5 this year.

McKee, 42, denied behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, shouting, screaming, swearing and struggling with police officers in the execution of their duties, but was found guilty after her trial on Tuesday.

Gamble had previously pleaded guilty to the offence plus five others relating to an incident at the address on September 18 when she uttered threats to self-harm, had a knife, and also three instances of assaulting police officers in the executing of their duty twice by attempting to kick and once by spitting.

Sheriff Hughes said that as a first-time offender McKee would be given three months to show she could be of good behaviour and her case would call again on March 5 next year for sentencing.

Gamble, 25, of  Flat 1-2, Close 2, Mafeking Place, Campbeltown was placed on a community payback order for two years and must cooperate with social workers on her rehabilitation; continue working with The Shine Women’s Mentoring Project; and was also placed under a restriction of liberty order for six months. Her progress will be reviewed on March 5.

At McKee’s trial on Tuesday the court heard that two police officers on patrol received a call to attend at McKee’s home on October 5.

There they found Gamble, who had attempted to self harm, and had hurt her hand, and her then-partner McKee was attempting to care for and calm her.

One officer described the pair as ‘hysterical’, with Gamble becoming more agitated on seeing him, a male officer, and the situation ‘exploded very quickly’ to the point where Gamble was arrested.

McKee then grabbed hold of her partner and tried to pull her free from the police, shouting at them, leading to her own subsequent arrest.

‘I suggest she was saying to you that she needs help,’ said McKee’s defence agent, Derek Buchanan, ‘she was trying to calm her [Gamble] down.’

McKee did not give evidence, and speaking on her behalf Mr Buchanan said that seeing police arrest Gamble exacerbated matters for McKee and she reacted by telling the police ‘in her own vernacular’ to take their hands off her.