Serial offender who stole charity tin from the Clutha back in court over threats to partner

A serial offender has been back in the dock after threatening to post intimate pictures of her girlfriend – just months after getting out of prison.

Career criminal Charmaine Holmes, repeatedly turned up to her ex-partner Claire Kinder’s home in Johnstone and hurled abuse at her over a three-week period in July last year.

She made a number of violent threats and abusive remarks towards her, and also sent messages threatening to share images of her – which is a criminal offence.

Holmes, 24, had been released from custody in March last year after being jailed in 2020 for more than two years.

She broke into a home in Ferguslie “sort out” a man she wrongly believed had abused children, stealing a sword and a dagger in the process.

The notorious offender committed the offence just a short time after being released from an earlier sentence in which she and two pals rained kicks and punches on their victim’s head and body – before dragging him along the ground and kicking and stamping on his head.

She was previously given a Community Payback Order at Glasgow Sheriff Court for robbing the Clutha along with friends Jordan Parry and Darren Melrose after the November 2013 tragedy.

Despite her record, defence lawyer Michael McKeown said yesterday at Paisley Sheriff Court that Holmes has been making an effort to turn her life around in recent months – with just one outstanding shoplifting matter on her record from 2019.

He added: “She is 24 and she has had many adverse childhood experiences.

“She has had many severe and multiple disadvantages and has been exposed to extreme violence.

“Short sentences have been found to further compound that trauma she has experienced.

“It is counterproductive.”

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Holmes, of Springbank Road, Paisley, admitted behaving aggressively towards Ms Kinder between July 6 and 27 last year as well as making threats via text message.

Sheriff Brian Mohan raised concerns that these offences were carried out just months after her release from prison and warned her if she didn’t changed she would end up back behind bars.

He said: “I have read the report and Mr McKeown points out that a lot of trouble has come your way.

“But you have also caused a lot of trouble.

Charmaine Holmes appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday

“You were released in March and what I am dealing with is offences when you were on a supervised release order.

“This is why you have found yourself in custody.

“It is up to you whether you go back to prison or not.”

Sheriff Mohan placed Holmes under supervision for two years and ordered her to take part in the Connections programme.

She will return to court on May 16 for a review.

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