Woman chased teenager through streets brandishing wine bottle

Witnesses had earlier tried to help Kelly Keating who had been screaming and behaving erratically.

Woman ‘brandished El Dorado bottle and chased teenager’ through Glasgow street Website

A woman who assaulted a 16-year-old boy in a busy city centre street avoided jail on Friday.

Kelly Keating, 31, chased the victim through Glasgow’s Jamaica Street while brandishing a bottle on May 10, 2022.

Witnesses had earlier tried to help Keating who had been screaming and behaving erratically.

Keating pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assaulting the boy.

She also admitted possession of a knife in a public place without reasonable excuse or lawful authority.

Sheriff Gerard Considine put Keating under supervision for 18 months at Friday’s sentencing.

He also placed her on drug and alcohol treatment as well as a 16-week program requirement.

The court earlier heard that the victim was in the city centre with his teenage girlfriend and friend.

Keating came to their attention around 11pm.

Prosecutor Jessica McGowan said: “It was clear she was intoxicated, acting erratically and screaming in the street.”

Witnesses checked on her before she turned her attention on the boy.

Miss McGowan added: “She pulled a green bottle of El Dorado tonic wine out from her jacket pocket and chased the boy while brandishing the bottle in front of her.

“He had to quickly move away as he believed there would be an attack on him.”

The young trio moved away as a 999 call was made.

Keating was then picked up by police officers and arrested.

During a search, an orange handled knife was recovered from her jacket pocket.

Michael Gallen, defending, told the court: “Undoubtedly, this was a horrific experience for the victim notwithstanding his age.

“It was a fairly short incident and there was no injury.

“Having pursued the victim, she walked away and he went back to his friends – there was no other engagement.”