A YOUNG woman has been given further supervision despite pleading with the sheriff to stop setting her up to fail.

Kirsty Taylor appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday, April 18, for sentencing after admitting assaulting police officers at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on February 22.

Susannah Hutchison, depute fiscal, told the court that at around 10pm on the above date, the accused’s mother phoned the police because her daughter had a knife and was threatening to harm herself with it.

Taylor was being restrained by her brother until police arrived and managed to talk her round, convincing her to attend hospital with them for a check-up.

However, Taylor’s mood “swung violent” when she arrived at A&E as she began shouting and swearing and calling one of the officers a “fat cow”.

The 22-year-old then “offered a square go” to officers and called another a “p***y b*****d” which led to her arrest. Taylor in turn attempted to harm herself by biting her arms and hands before unleashing a kick on one of the officers.

Liam Robertson, representing Taylor, told the court that it was “fortuitous” that there were no injuries to the officers, adding that his client, who is currently on a community payback order (CPO) with a supervision requirement, was “very sorry” for her behaviour that evening.

“This is an extremely serious matter by a girl with a troubled and complex background,” Mr Robertson added.

As Sheriff David Mackie began to sentence Taylor, of Ashley Terrace, to further supervision, she abruptly interjected: “I don’t want supervision, give me a tag.”

Mr Robertson then told the court his client was referring to a "colloquial term for restricted liberty".

The sheriff then told Taylor it wasn’t a discussion, to which she replied: “I’ve been on supervision for two years; I’m just being set up to fail with more.”

After being told that she would have to accept the order to face a tougher, possibly custodial, sentence, Taylor accepted but insisted: “I’m not happy.”