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Pubished Date: 02 April 2009

A woman was released on bail at Duns Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer the previous evening.
Appearing from custody, Samantha Armstrong, 23, of Galalaw Road, admitted biting the officer’s hand and attempting to bite her arm.

Fiscal Alistair Fay said that around 6.20pm emergency services were called to deal with an incident at an area close to the High Steet.

When they arrived they found the accused heavily intoxicated. She was unsteady on her feet and refused to allow ambulance staff to tend to her. She also refused to be taken to Borders General Hospital, so was taken to the police station.

Having gone through procedures she was taken to the station’s court yard and it was then that she went for the officer’s arm. The PC managed to get her arm out of the way but Armstrong tried again, this time biting the officer’s finger.

In mitigation, Ian Grant said the single mother of four had recently been suffering from depression although she shouldn’t have mixed her medication with alcohol.

He said she couldn’t remember anything about the incident and was scared that Social Services would have concerns about her ability to look after her children.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond summed the whole thing up as “an awful state of affairs” and said Armstrong was “another statistic of the alcohol-related offences we have to deal with”.

Sentence was deferred on Armstrong to allow for social enquiry and community service reports. She was bailed and is due to appear at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on May 6.

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  • Last Updated: 02 April 2009 4:21 PM
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