Woman warned to comply with payback order

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A Campbeltown woman has been placed on a community payback order and told that if she does not comply she will go to prison.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes warned Jean Townsley as he passed sentence at the June sitting of the town’s sheriff court.

Townsley, of 15 Roading Cottages, admitted a number of offences.

The first, on May 1 2020, saw her attempt to bite a police sergeant and a paramedic.

Procurator fiscal depute Raeesa Ahmed said officers had been called to the property and Townsley was found ‘in a state of intoxication’ and the incident occurred.

Townsley needed to be taken to Campbeltown Hospital.

‘When they arrived at the town hospital, she attacked the paramedic and attempted to bite him,’ said the fiscal.

Two incidents relating to the custody of a child occurred on November 4 and 9 in 2021 at an address in Campbeltown and on a street in the town.

Townsley admitted that on Christmas Eve last year she acted in a racially aggressive manner, shouted and swore at a woman at an address in Campbeltown.

Townsley also admitted breaching conditions of bail granted in December 29 2021, that she must not contact or communicate with three people, by doing so on February 12 this year.

Reports on Townsley had been prepared by social workers and presented to the sheriff.

Her defence agent, Edel McGinty, said that Townsley, aged 35, had experienced difficulty in continuity of psychiatric care with the same members of staff.

‘Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many people and everything got too much for Miss Townsley,’ she said.

Sheriff Hughes placed Townsley on a community payback order to work with her social workers for two years.

He also placed her on a restriction of liberty order that she should stay in her own home from 7pm to 7am for three months.

‘Further offending or failure to engage with the order and you will be sent to prison,’ said the sheriff.