Christmas in the cells after disturbance

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Sheriff Patrick Hughes has called for reports to be prepared before he sentences a woman who caused a disturbance at her home on Christmas Eve.

Just before midnight on December 24 neighbours of Alice Johnston Smith, aged 27, of 37A Albyn Avenue, Campbeltown, contacted the police to complain about the noise from Smith’s home.

Police arrived and heard the ongoing disturbance.

‘They made their presence known and were told in no uncertain terms to *** off,’ said procurator fiscal David Glancy, who added that Smith refused to open the door to them.

Once given permission by their supervisor, the officers forced the door. Smith then ‘struggled violently’ with them and once they were able to put her in handcuffs she was taken to Campbeltown Police Station.

Smith admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, shouting and swearing at her home on December 24 last year and to resisting, obstructing and hindering constables in the execution of their duty by violently struggling with them.

Her defence agent said that the complaint against Smith had been ‘malicious or exaggerated’ and that the time she had spent in custody had enabled her to start an alcohol detox programme.

‘She has had a salutary experience. She has learned her lesson; she does not want to go back to custody,’ he said.

Sheriff Hughes deferred sentence until April 2 for the reports to be prepared on Smith.