Woman made homophobic remarks at Fife hospital after abusing police officers

A Fife woman who made racially offensive comments to police and homophobic remarks at a Fife hospital has had her sentence deferred.

Monday, 19th July 2021, 12:44 pm

Kerry Ward, of Westerlea, Leslie appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Ward, 43, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at Delgatie Court, Glenrothes on June 18, 2021 by repeatedly shouting, swearing and making offensive, homophobic and racially offensive remarks towards police while on bail.

Ward also admitted breaching bail by entering the block of flats in Delgatie Court, Glenrothes.

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Some of the offences took place at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.

She also admitted, on the same date at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, admitted making racially offensive remarks towards a police officer.

Ward also admitted shouting, swearing and uttering homophobic remarks.

On the same date at Kirkcaldy Police Station she admitted repeatedly shouting, swearing, making homophobic and racially offensive remarks towards police and making threats of violence towards them. She also admitted urinating in a cell.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court: “The address in charge one is her ex-partner’s and she went there on June 18.

"There had been communication between her and her ex and the police were called. Bail was breached and she was arrested. She became aggressive towards police officers.”The fiscal depute said she made obscene comments to the officers, and was taken to hospital after saying she had taken valium.

The court official added: “She was told not to shout and swear in the hospital but continued to do so, alarming people around her.

"She made homophobic comments towards police officers and racially offensive remarks.

"After she had been seen by hospital staff she continued making a scene and was taken into custody.”

The Procurator Fiscal Depute said the accused said she had taken tablets, refused to be strip searched and made threats. Ward urinated on the floor of a cell making it unusable.

She was cautioned and charged.

Ward’s defence lawyer said at the time of the offences his client was under the influence of alcohol and valium.

He said she was very embarrassed about her conduct and had been engaging with addiction services.

Sheriff Veal said causing trouble in a hospital was ‘just not acceptable’. He deferred sentence for her to be of good behaviour and engage with services.

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