Support and help for woman

Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

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A woman who bit her boyfriend’s finger during a domestic incident must engage with social workers, Sheriff Patrick Hughes ordered at Campbeltown Sheriff Court last week.

At a previous sitting, the sheriff had found Skye Pepsi Ryan, aged 28, guilty of assaulting the man to his injury and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting and throwing household items.

Ryan denied the offence and told the court she believed that her drink had been spiked earlier in the evening, causing her actions.

Sheriff Hughes had asked for reports on Ryan, who gave her address in court as 14C Davaar Avenue, Campbeltown.

Last week, after receiving those reports, the sheriff placed Ryan on a community payback order for nine months, during which time she must work to address the causes of her behaviour. She must also carry out 180 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.

‘This is an alternative to custody and if you fail you will be brought back to court,’ said the sheriff.

Her solicitor, Ruben Murdanaigum, said: ‘There are background issues; these are identified in the report. It is clear she needs support and counselling.’

He added: ‘She is not someone who gets involved with the authorities very often and she agrees she needs support in her life.’