Sentence deferred on drunken woman

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A drunken woman who shouted and swore at her partner, has had sentence deferred for six months, until December 1, to be of good behaviour.

Lorna O’Rourke, 42, of Weensland Road, admitted threatening or abusive behaviour at home on May 7.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Jedburgh Sheriff Court the accused has “major issues with alcohol.

“She has heavy binges and this happened in the aftermath of one of those episodes,” he explained.

O’Rourke left for the gym with her partner’s wallet, but “didn’t surface” until 24 hours later.

Her partner of 16 years retrieved his wallet from her at a local pub, and later received a phonecall from the accused asking if she could come home to shower and change, before going out again.

“He told her he didn’t want her back there in the state she was in, but she turned up about an hour later,” explained Mr Fraser.

There was a struggle between them as she searched the fridge for alcohol.

Defence solicitor Rory Bannerman said his client was shame-faced about her conduct.

“She would usually go to the gym but had money, and the temptation was too great, so she went for a drink,” said Mr Bannerman.

“She says that her drinking is occasional, rather than regular,” he added.