Court hears of woman’s ‘anger issues’

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The July sitting of Campbeltown Sheriff Court heard that a 63-year-old woman had ‘anger issues’.

Marion Townsley, whose address was given as The Old School House, Glenbarr, had previously admitted abusive or threatening behaviour and acting in an aggressive manner by standing in front of a vehicle in Clachan village, approaching the driver, opening the door of the vehicle, shouting, swearing and uttering threats of violence towards him on August 25 last year.

She also admitted that on November 3 last year, in the village, she assaulted a man, by repeatedly punching him on the head to his injury and having an offensive weapon – a wooden bat.

And that on December 21, at an address in the village, she assaulted a woman by seizing her by the clothing, causing the pair to fall, and slapping her and, on the same occasion, shouting, swearing, acting aggressively and threatening to kill another person.

The case first came before the court at the June sitting when Gordon Townsley, aged 59, of 7 Manse Croft, Clachan, also pleaded guilty to the August 25 charge.

In June, procurator fiscal depute Raeesa Ahmed told the court that a witness was in their vehicle at a junction of the A83 in the village when Marion Townsley gestured at him to stop.

She came to his driver’s window and Gordon Townsley got into the passenger seat and the pair threatened him.

On November 3, Marion Townsley approached a man in his car on the forecourt of the village petrol station and began to shout and threaten him. She then opened his car door and slapped him in the face.

He put up his arm to defend himself as she continued to lash out at him. She continued to shout, went to her car and returned with a bat.

‘A member of staff came over when Townsley started to wave the bat above her head,’ said the fiscal.

In December, Marion Townsley knocked on the door of the complainer’s address; there was an altercation, she became irate and threatened to kill him, said the fiscal.

During the incident, Townsley grabbed a woman by her T-shirt and they both fell onto the sofa; with Townsley getting on top of her and slapping her face, injuring her nose. The police were called.

‘When cautioned and charged, Townsley said she was going to get a knife and a shotgun and kill the complainer,’ said the fiscal.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes called for reports to be prepared on Townsley. The case was called again at the July sitting when the sheriff had the reports and heard from Townsley’s defence agent, Stephen MacSporran.

‘As the report says, she does have anger issues and she is working with a social worker to address these issues; Mrs Townsley has never had the opportunity to be on a community payback order before,’ he said.

She was placed on an order for two years’ social work supervision and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work in the community within the next 18 months and also ordered to pay compensation.

For Gordon Townsley, who was fined £400, Mr MacSporran said: ‘He knows he should not have got himself involved in such matters.’