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Inverness woman lashed out a supermarket security in Morrisons

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An Inverness woman who caused two disturbances in the city in a four-month period may face jail, a sheriff told her.

Lorraine Beavis, of St Margaret’s Road, who admitted previous convictions, appeared for sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court and had it further deferred until May 19 for a restriction of liberty order assessment.

But Sheriff Robert Frazer warned her that “all options are still open to the court because of your record”.

The court was told that on November 11, 2021, police were called to Church Street where 38-year-old Beavis had thrown liquid from a can of soft drink over a member of the public.

Fiscal depute Shamielah Ghafar said that she resisted arrest by pulling her hand out of handcuffs and began kicking an officer on the legs.

She also shouted at members of the public: “What are you looking at?”

On March 11 this year, Beavis was in Morrisons supermarket in Inverness and staggering about, Ms Ghafar added.

“She was asked to leave and was being escorted out. She swung her arms and struck the security officer on the shoulder, causing him to fall into a compost display.

“Then she pushed another member of staff on the body, shouting that she wanted to go to the toilet.”

Beavis admitted threatening behaviour and two charges of assault.

Defence solicitor Duncan Henderson said: “She is struggling to maintain abstinence.”

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