Inverclyde woman remanded in custody for coughing at police

Inverclyde Royal Hospital

A woman has been remanded in custody after an incident at Inverclyde Royal Hospital, where she coughed at a police officer and claimed to be carrying an infectious disease.

Kirsty Findlay, 35, coughed on the police officer in Greenock on Thursday night.  She had earlier been arrested for stealing money.

One of the charges against her stated that she "did shout that she was carrying an infectious disease to the danger of possible infection."

The Crown told the court that Findlay had behaved in a 'threatening and abusive manner' and she is also alleged to have acted aggressively and to have kicked out at a man who was present.

She was due to appear at Greenock Sheriff Court on the 23rd of March to face four charges, but the case was called in her absence.

Findlay's Defence lawyer Charles Drummond told the court "She advises me that she is symptomatic."

Fiscal depute Pamela Brady replied "If she has that position then I would have to look very carefully at how to proceed with this matter."

It was then decided to hold the case in private, in front of Sheriff Joseph Hughes.  

Findlay made no plea in response to the charges against her and was remanded in custody until next week when the case is due to be recalled.

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