A SERIAL offender has been jailed after a sheriff slammed her failure to engage with Community Payback Orders (CPO).

Michelle Jackson committed 16 offences during a three-year period when she was given community-based disposals as alternatives to custody.

The 36-year-old appeared in the dock for sentencing at Alloa Sheriff Court on Thursday, February 27.

Her offences included three charges of theft, possession of a Class A drug, and carrying a weapon – namely a telescopic baton – in public.

And she breached three concurrent CPOs which were imposed in relation to offences of Class A drug possession and theft.

The Clackmannan woman had been remanded in custody on January 30 by Sheriff Simon Collins QC, and her sentencing deferred until February 6.

But when she appeared in court on that occasion, reports were not available.

Her solicitor, Greg Cunningham, asked for her to be released on bail until the next court date, and said his client had been making progress addressing an underlying drug problem.

However, Sheriff Craig Harris dismissed the motion, claiming Jackson "cannot be trusted while at liberty".

When she appeared back in court last week, reports were available, and Mr Cunningham again asked for his client to be released from custody.

He suggested she could be placed on a drug treatment and testing order, which would help address her addiction to heroin.

However, Sheriff Harris was not convinced she should be released.

He told Jackson: "You were placed on a CPO on January 23, 2016, for 18 months.

"You were then placed on a two-year CPO on November 9, 2017; then a two-year CPO on November 16, 2018; then a two-year CPO from March 21, 2019.

"All for offences of shoplifting or possession of heroin.

"Since the start of that, you've committed 16 offences, with three breaches of your orders.

"You have failed to properly engage and reduce your offending for three and a half years.

"That's why you will be sentenced to a period of imprisonment today.

"The public need to be protected from you."

The sheriff then sentenced Jackson, of Garden Place, to 320 days imprisonment, backdated to January 30.