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Mystery woman found wandering on M65 near Guide
A MYSTERY woman found wandering on the M65 has been locked up after she refused to tell police or a court who she was.
The woman refused to give the court legal adviser her name, address or date of birth and repeatedly said she had not done anything wrong.
And after exploring all other avenues, the magistrates held her in contempt of court and sent her back to the police cells until she purged the contempt by apologising and giving her details.
The court heard the woman had been arrested at 7pm on Saturday walking on the M65 between junctions five for Guide and six for Whitebirk.
She refused to give any details to police and no identity was discovered when she was put on the live-scan finger print identification machine.
She appeared on the court list yesterday as B Seven Anon, reflecting the number of the holding cell she had been kept in.
In an exchange with the court clerk, the woman said she had a home and a family but said: “It’s none of your business where I go, darling. I’ve done nothing wrong.”
John Wood, prosecuting, said he had never come across a situation where a defendant completely refused to participate in proceedings.
He said: “She says it is nothing to do with this court but she is wrong about that.”
Not guilty pleas were entered on the defendant’s behalf to charges of being a pedestrian on the motorway and obstructing police.
When spoken to by the chairman of the magistrates, Austin Molloy, the woman said: “Don’t shout at me. I have done nothing wrong.”
Asked by the clerk of the court, Lynda Halsall, if she was given the choice of giving her details or going into custody what would she do the woman said: “I’d go into custody.”
The anonymous woman was returned to court yesterday afternoon but still refused to give details. The magistrates heard that, by law, she could not be detained any longer for contempt.
The woman agreed to return for her trial in February 20 and she was released on bail.
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