A PRESTONPANS woman who made eight hoax 999 calls in the early hours of one morning has been ordered to attend alcohol counselling as part of a community payback package.
Isobel Stewart, 54G Middleshot Square, repeatedly called the emergency service number to request an ambulance to attend her home, claiming she needed assistance.
But when the ambulance crew arrived at her home at around 1.50am and 4.35am on 16 May Stewart refused to allow them entry and declared to them “she was fine”.
Stewart, 50, appeared at Haddington Sheriff Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to staff at the Scottish Ambulance Service by repeatedly requesting an ambulance for a non-emergency situation on 16 May, 2013.
Depute procurator fiscal Jemma Eadie told the court two police officers arrived at Stewart’s home with ambulance staff after she had called 999 and “stated she was unwell and required the assistance of an ambulance”.
Ms Eadie said: “When officers arrived and were met by ambulance staff she refused them entry. She then confirmed that she was fit and did not require medical assistance.”
Ms Eadie added that three hours later police went back to Stewart’s home after she had again called 999.
It was found Stewart had called the emergency number eight times that morning and her mobile phone was confiscated by officers.
Solicitor Angela Craig said her client “needs alcohol counselling” and was considered unfit for unpaid work.
Sheriff Peter Braid placed Stewart on a 12-month offenders supervision requirement order, and 12-month conduct requirement which says she must take alcohol counselling.
Sheriff Braid further deferred other matters for Stewart to be of good behaviour until 6 November.
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