A teenager who caused a five-and-a-half-hour stand-off with emergency services after scaling an Aberdeen city centre church has been sentenced.
Amy Low sparked chaos on July 21 when she was spotted clinging to the roof of Greyfriars Church on Queen Street.
The 19-year-old shouted and swore at emergency workers, members of the public and even police negotiators who were drafted in to try to coax her down.
And yesterday Sheriff Ian Wallace ordered Low to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and to be supervised for nine months.
Depute fiscal Lynzi Souter said Low, of Crown Street, Aberdeen, was spotted on the roof of the church at around 10.20am by construction workers who contacted police.
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Low was seen climbing up the stone turrets and also “walking precariously along the roof edge”.
Ms Souter added: “A cordon had to be put up to prevent members of the public from entering the area. Police were forced to close roads surrounding the locus.
“The accused became extremely hostile towards emergency services and a crowd of members of the public. She was shouting and swearing at them repeatedly.
“On-call police negotiators had to be contacted. The accused continued to shout and swear at negotiators when they arrived. It was 3.25pm that the accused began to communicate with negotiators.
“Approximately five-and-a-half hours after she first went up to the top of the roof, she decided to come down.”
Fire crews assisted her descent with a ladder and she was arrested once back on the ground.
Ms Souter added the construction workers, who had to stop work, lost their wages for the day as a result of the incident and local businesses also lost trade.
Low previously pled guilty to climbing on the roof of the building, shouting and swearing at members of the public and police and committing a breach of the peace.
She also pled guilty to pretending to ambulance workers that she was unconscious on South College Street on June 25.
She further admitted another breach of the peace by threatening to jump from the first floor of a building on Crown Street if police officers did not return her mobile phone on June 29.
And the teenager also admitted assaulting a police officer on the same day by kicking him on the head.
Defence agent Stuart Murray said: “It’s abundantly clear that Ms Low is an individual that’s not without her issues. There’s some discussion in the body of the report about her background and upbringing. She finds herself in a position where she’s using drugs on a fairly regular basis.
“Notwithstanding the fact that Ms Low caused this, she found it increasingly difficult to deal with the consequences of her actions and as a result panicked and climbed higher.”