A woman in her 50s has admitted stripping topless and asking a female police officer: “Don’t you like what you see?” before repeatedly slapping the PC’s bottom in a drunken Angus incident.
Police had been contacted by Michelle Mills’ husband just before 3am after he became concerned about her wellbeing following a tragedy involving a family pet.
Forfar Sheriff Court heard the heavily intoxicated 52-year-old’s response to officers was to deliver homophobic abuse and remove her top, later stripping naked in a police cell and saying: “I’ve got nothing to hide”.
Mills, of St Colme’s Close, Kirriemuir appeared before Sheriff Derek Reekie where she admitted a charge of assaulting a female police officer at a property at Charleston, near Glamis on July 8 by repeatedly slapping her buttock, in an offence aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.
She also pled guilty to breaching the peace by repeatedly making homophobic remarks and removing her clothing.
Depute fiscal Jill Drummond said police arrived at the house in the early hours and spoke to a friend of the accused. Despite efforts to get Mills to engage with support services in light of her mental state she refused.
Mills repeatedly referred to one female officer as “beautiful”.
The accused then took off her top, approached police and said: “What, don’t you like what you see?” before slapping her buttocks three times in quick succession with her right hand.
She was taken to Dundee police HQ but en route, told officers to: “Shut up you gay b******s”.
“She resorted to alcohol, which is out of character, and she is very remorseful for her action,” added the agent.
Sheriff Reekie said he did not consider a social work report recommendation that Mills should be admonished as an appropriate outcome in the case.
“We are still dealing with a charge of police assault with an aggravated component,” said the sheriff.
“I accept this was a highly traumatic event resulting in the loss of a family pet which you found extremely difficult to deal with.
“However, drink is often an explanation, but never an excuse.
“You behaved in an appalling way. I accept it’s a way in which you would not ordinarily behave but it was a highly unpleasant incident for police officers who were endeavouring to do their job and assist you.”
Fining Mills £550, Sheriff Reekie told her: “I’m prepared to accept this is a one-off incident.”