A WOMAN spat in front of cops who tried to help her after she was found wandering the streets in bare feet and pyjamas.

Zarah O’Brien, 24, had been taken to Govan police station at 3.15am on March 30 last year.

She was in the public area of the station when two officers tried to get her details to assist her.

But O’Brien became abusive and referred to the officers as “c***s”.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court this week, the prosecutor said: “She was told to desist from this behaviour and stated, ‘what are you going to do about it’ and ‘get your gaffer’.

“She was informed she would be under arrest. She was escorted to be processed as an accused.

“Within a holding cell, she became volatile and started shouting that she wanted her mother.

“Officers asked her to provide contact details for her mother and she spat.

“She was handcuffed to the rear and a spit hood was applied. She was not cautioned and charged due to her demeanour.”

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O’Brien’s lawyer told the court officers had spotted her walking on Scotland Street highly distressed and intoxicated.

He said: “Police, being concerned for her wellbeing, conveyed her to the station. She is genuinely remorseful for her conduct towards police and recognises they were trying to help her.

“She has significantly reduced her alcohol. She is still fragile but hasn’t come to the attention of the police and authorities since and has nothing outstanding.

“The issue is how to deal with her. The author of the report suggests admonishing her, but I don’t know if you would find that relevant given the circumstances.”

Sheriff Charles Lugton replied: “My main concern is the spitting.”

The defence solicitor added: “Supervision may be helpful for her.”

Sheriff Lugton told O’Brien: “These are the sort of offences the court has to take seriously, particularly the spitting.

“This does seem to be an isolated incident. I understand what I have heard surrounding the circumstances.”

O’Brien, of Pollokshields, was ordered to be under social work supervision for nine months.