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Inverness woman told to go to New Craigs Hospital "to dry out"

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Sara Matheson.
Sheriff Sara Matheson.

A woman who was drunk and then abusive towards police trying to help her has been told to do unpaid work.

Kimberley Fraser (37) was too ill to appear personally at Inverness Sheriff Court after being arrested on Saturday and a video link was arranged because she was frequently being sick.

After being sentenced to a total of 175 hours of unpaid work, Fraser, who previously lived in Dingwall and now has an address in Friars Street, Inverness, was told to go straight to New Craigs Hospital on her release to “dry out”.

Fraser had four cases calling for sentence, all very similar, with police being shouted and sworn at.

One case was in Dingwall on January 1, and the other three were committed in Inverness on April 18, August 7, and October 17.

Fraser also admitted a fifth offence of threatening behaviour committed at the weekend when she was taken into custody.

Defence solicitor Neil Wilson said: “Police were taking her home because she was drunk. She lost her keys and tried to climb in a window 15ft up. Police stopped her and she reacted.”

Mr Wilson had previously told Sheriff Sara Matheson in September that his client was “vulnerable,” and was given a chance to get her life back on track.

Mr Wilson said: “When sober, she is always apologetic. She is a vulnerable individual who succumbs to negative influences.”

Sheriff Matheson told her then: “I want to give you a chance to move forward with your progress. I am not giving up on you yet.”

Yesterday, the sheriff warned Fraser that she was very close to receiving lengthy jail sentences.

“You have to get a grip of yourself,” he said. “Look at the state of you today.”

He also placed her under a year’s social work supervision.

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