Court told elderly Fife woman 'failed by professional services'

An elderly Kirkcaldy woman who repeatedly threw refused into a neighbour’s garden and threw food at his windows has been failed by professional services, a court has been told.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 11:43 am
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 11:59 am

The comments came from Christine Reid’s defence solicitor to Sheriff Keith O’Mahoney at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court last week.

Reid, 63, of Lindores Drive, Kirkcaldy admitted on December 31, 2020 at an address in Lindores Drive she behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm in that she shouted, swore, acted in an aggressive manner and made threats towards her neighbour while on bail.

She further admitted on March 3, 2021 behaving in a threatening manner by repeatedly throwing refuse into her neighbour’s garden and throwing food at his windows while on bail.

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Ms Reid's case called recently at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

She also admitted breaching bail conditions.

Detailing the background, Megan Davidson, defence solicitor told the court a support package for her client was not sufficient for her needs.

Ms Davidson said: “There have been meetings with professional services but every one of those agencies has closed the door to helping Ms Reid.”She added: “She has been failed by these services.”

Ms Davidson told the court there is an ongoing civil case between Ms Reid and Fife Council to try to obtain different accommodation, and she has also called for an independent social work report to set out what help is required.

Sheriff O’Mahoney deferred sentence until April 19 for the preparation of further reports including a psychiatric report. Ms Reid was granted bail meantime.

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