Court: Bute fraud woman’s probation is scrapped

A Rothesay woman who admitted carrying out a £3,600 fraud in the town in 2010 had her probation order revoked at the town’s sheriff court this week.

Theresa Thomson (41), whose address was given as 15 Columshill Terrace, appeared before Sheriff Ruth Anderson to admit breaching a two-year probation order imposed as a result of the fraud, in which she had pretended to staff at the town’s post office in the Watergate that she was an official from the Alliance and Leicester building society.

Thomson’s solicitor Aidan Gallagher told the court his client had carried out three-quarters of the original order, and suggested that a further background report might be helpful after the case called on numerous occasions to ascertain Thomson’s suitability for a community-based sentence.

But Sheriff Anderson said the case had “gone on for far too long” and agreed to revoke Thomson’s probation and to make no new order in relation to the case.

* A husband and wife who admitted behaving in a disorderly manner after police were called to an argument at a house in Rothesay were both admonished and dismissed on Monday.

James and Karen Elliott, aged 39 and 37 respectively, of 9 Medine Court, Beith, were arrested on March 29 at an address in Eastlands Road.