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Woman ‘obsessed’ with police is refused bail

A TWENTY year old woman who has an “unhealthy obsession with the police” has been remanded in custody after admitting behaving in a threatening manner at Lerwick Police Station on Tuesday.

Claire Antonio, of 22 Grostane, Lerwick, pled guilty to shouting, swearing, behaving aggressively and making threats at the Market Street station on 17 November while on bail.

Procurator fiscal Duncan Mackenzie told Lerwick Sheriff Court on Wednesday that Antonio turned up to the station drunk and began to shout and make threats.

He added that the woman, who was “obsessed” with police officers and their families, claimed she had plans to petrol bomb the police station.

However, defence agent Tommy Allan said there was no mention of that particular threat in evidence and it wasn’t something Antonio was pleading to.

The solicitor added that his client was “ashamed” of her actions and now acknowledges that she struggles to control her behaviour when drinking.

“Gradually there is some form of maturity seeping in,” he concluded.

Refusing bail, honorary sheriff Arnold Duncan took into account Antonio’s likelihood of re-offending, her previous convictions and the fact that she was already on bail when the offence was committed.

Duncan called for a criminal justice social work report to be prepared ahead of sentencing on 9 December, with Antonio remanded in custody in the meantime.

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