Woman vomited on floor of Galashiels club during wake then assaulted police

Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

A woman assaulted two police officers after a bust-up following her grandmother’s funeral.

A dispute broke out after Deborah Hamilton vomited on the floor at the Royal British Legion Club in Galashiels during the wake, a court heard.

The police were called to the Park Street club, and the 27-year-old, from Renfrewshire, hit a female constable to the head.

She was then taken to Hawick police station and kicked another female officer to the body while there.

Hamilton admitted carrying out the two assaults, but a not-guilty plea to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in the club by shouting and swearing and uttering threats was accepted by the crown.

Defence lawyer Gemma Rathey told Selkirk Sheriff Court: “It happened at a time of heightened emotions.

“It was her grandmother’s funeral, and two close friends had also recently died.”

Sheriff Derrick McIntyre noted she had previous convictions and called for background reports including a restriction-of-liberty order assessment.

Sentence was deferred on Hamilton, of Mitchell Avenue, Renfrew, until May 8.