Nov 9 2011 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A YOUNG woman attacked two prison officers in Cornton Vale, Stirling Sheriff Court heard on Friday.
The court was told how Christine Jamieson (18) first lashed out at one male officer on November 19 last year.
She followed this up with an assault on another male officer on January 16 this year, this time after blowing her top in relation to some paperwork.
On the November offence, fiscal depute Kevin Corrins said: “Officers were in the recreation area and the accused was removed and escorted back to her room.
“Whilst leaving the area, the accused lunged at the witness and punched him on the body.
“Prison officers attended and restrained the accused. She kicked out and caught the witness on the left hand. As a result he sustained a staved thumb.”
Mr Corrins said that Jamieson was not formally charged at the time as she refused to leave her cell.
Turning to the January offence, Mr Corrins continued: “The witness opened the cell occupied by the accused to serve paperwork.
“There were concerns about the paperwork and the accused told officers to ‘f*** off’.”
She was then asked to sign a copy of the document and this, apparently, set Jamieson off.
The fiscal depute added that Jamieson “lunged forward from a lying, seated position” reaching for the officer’s head with her arms. She then caught him on the left side of his face near the jawline. The officer was uninjured.
Jamieson from Grangemouth pleaded guilty to both assaults.
Her agent told the court that Jamieson had been on remand at the time of the first assault.
He added: “She wasn’t reacting well to any kind of authority in her life.”
The solicitor said that since her release from a sentence back in June, however, Jamieson appeared to have turned the corner.
He added: “There has been an enormous change in her attitude and situation.
“It is a completely different young lady that I knew four or five months ago.”
Sheriff William Gilchrist deferred the case until January 12 next year.