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Woman calls police over lost keys

Gemma Patterson
Nine police officers eventually became involved in dealing with Patterson

A woman called police to help find her house keys and shoes after getting drunk at a party, a court has heard.

Police arrived at Gemma Patterson's flat in Perth on 4 July to find her shoeless and covered in mud.

She had said a man was trying to get into her flat but when officers arrived she told them she was actually locked out and needed help finding her shoes.

She admitted assaulting or molesting four officers. She was admonished after staying out of trouble since July.

Perth Sheriff Court heard nine police officers eventually became involved in dealing with Patterson, after she started lashing out at them as they helped her look for her keys.

The mother-of-one who was drunk after a family barbecue, lashed out at one officer who tried to calm her down and then kicked and brawled with several more.

This is a cautionary tale for today's world
Sheriff Robert McCreadie

Solicitor Rosemary Scott, defending, said Patterson had never been in trouble before.

She said: "This is an experience she does not want to repeat. She is totally horrified by her behaviour.

"She remembers having a barbecue at her sister's house. People were constantly topping up her glass of wine. She has no recollection how much she had.

"It was far more than she had ever had, and far more than was good for her. She is disgusted because she can't remember a lot of things and finds that truly terrifying."

Effectively disowned

Mrs Scott said Patterson had been effectively disowned by her father and was now too sacred to drink alcohol again.

Despite nine police officers being involved in the incident, Sheriff Robert McCreadie said he accepted it was "a one off" for an otherwise law-abiding member of society.

He told Patterson: "This is a terrible morality tale. This was an isolated incident where she consumed so much alcohol she effectively lost her mind.

"It is a morality tale because an otherwise law-abiding, upright citizen can be reduced to this state by consuming alcohol without proper restraint.

"She has no record before and I accept she is horrified by her behaviour. She should be. This is a cautionary tale for today's world."

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