Granddaughter jailed for abuse towards OAP

Drunken Gail Grierson arrived home and started a booze-fuelled argument with her 68-year-old grandad.

At Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday she was jailed for six months for offences including abusive behaviour, reckless damage and breach of bail.

The 41-year-old, who now lives at 41 Kingseat Avenue, Grangemouth, threatened the pensioner in his home in Abbotsford Street, Bainsford, on March 25 last year.

During the row she was causing so much noise alarmed neighbours upstairs called the police.

Grierson, who was living with her elderly relative at the time, had returned there “intoxicated” after spending the day at a friend’s house.

The court heard when he asked her to be quiet so he could watch the television she became abusive.

It was also told that, on June 17, Grierson swore at volunteers in the Salvation Army drop-in centre at Woodside Court, Falkirk, and police were called after she refused to leave. On July 18 she was arrested again outside a house in Abbotsford Street when the householder heard her shouting and swearing at 1am and trying to get in.

On September 21, Grierson had also been caught vandalising a car parked in Bainsford Main Street while on bail.

The court had deferred sentence until last week for an updated social inquiry report and review of her progress with a community payback order imposed last October.

Defence lawyer Neil Hay urged Grierson be given a last chance to avoid prison.

He admitted: “There is only one good point in the report and that’s the fact alcohol counselling has now been available to her since November.”

Sheriff Craig Caldwell, however, made it clear he was not impressed by that – and pointed to the fact she had missed an appointment with the experts no later than January 9.

He said: “The fact is she simply does not engage with the orders of the court and when she does turn up for appointments she is either drunk or abusive or both.

“She has been given every opportunity to engage and accept the support available to her, but we have now come to the situation there is no alternative to a custodial sentence.”