A THIEF was punished for a second time after trying to escape police following a house raid.

Natalie McQuillan admitted to breaking into the Bishopbriggs home and stealing jewellery, watches, a laptop, mobile phones and clothing on August 12 last year.

She also pleaded guilty to two charges of assault on two different police officers.

The fiscal depute at Dumbarton Sheriff Court told the hearing this week that the homeowner had returned to her home on Colston Road around 6.50pm that evening.

On entering, she noticed items in her kitchen to be out of place. It also appeared that the living and dining room had been ransacked as it was in a state of disarray.

The woman made her presence known when she heard people making off.

She called her husband about the break-in and was later told by neighbours that they saw a male in a tracksuit and a female in a dress leaving the property.

Police carried out a search in the area and spotted McQuillan, of Craigielea Road, Duntocher, with a man in possession of Asda bags.

As soon as the pair saw police, they scrambled over a fence into a rear garden but were later caught.

The 27-year-old kicked one officer to the chest causing him to stumble, before kicking a second cop to the head. 

It was told that McQuillan was previously placed on a community payback order (CPO) at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the offence, but she previously admitted to breaching it.

Her defence solicitor Stephen Maguire said: "She recognises the serious nature of the offence."

Sheriff Lindsey Kooner said: "Having heard that narrative it causes you to reflect where your life was in 2022."

The previous CPO was revoked and a new one was issued where she would be under social work supervision for 12 months.

A further CPO review to monitor her progress was set for next year.