A GOUROCK woman who urinated in a taxi and hurled booze-fuelled abuse at police after repeatedly punching an officer has gone unpunished.

Ann Knox, 55, did the toilet in the cab following a drinking session in Greenock and assaulted the PC in a previous alcohol-related incident.

She was placed on a deferred sentence to be of good behaviour earlier this year and has now been admonished after steering clear of further trouble.

Sheriff Thomas Ward remarked that Knox was 'fortunate' to have been given such a chance following a police assault.

Greenock Sheriff Court heard previously how she had to stump up £77 for her fare and the cleaning of the taxi after one of the incidents in December last year.

She punched a male police constable on his arm and body outside her home on Gourock's Nelson Road two months earlier.

Prosecutor Lindy Scaife said of the taxi matter: "Police attended and she became aggressive and she shouted and swore in stating, 'I've got money for the taxi, shut up'.

"The accused also called two female officers an abusive name."

Regarding the police assault, Ms Scaife said: "She was placed in the rear of a cell van for enquiries to be carried out.

"The accused was told that she was being arrested and, as a police constable attempted to apply handcuffs, she struck out, punching the officer twice."

Defence lawyer Gerry Keenan suggested to Sheriff Ward: "Perhaps your Lordship could draw a line under this today."

Sheriff Ward told Knox: "You are fortunate in my opinion to have been put on a deferred sentence, because assaulting a police officer doesn't normally result in an admonition.

"However, my hands are tied so you'll be admonished."