A JOHNSTONE woman has been fined after she launched a foul-mouthed racist rant at a policeman.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Janice Connor, of Swallow Drive, was involved in a rammy in her street in January.

Police were called and, when they arrived, were met by a witness. While they spoke to that person, they noticed Connor and one of the officers was asked to take her details.

But 54-year-old Connor refused to co-operate and bawled: “I’m telling you nothing, you Muslim, P*** f***.” She also branded the officer in question, Constable Kulraj Burmy, “a p****” and told him to “f*** off.”

The details emerged when Connor appeared in the dock to go on trial over the events of January 29.

She struck a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to acting in a racially aggravated manner by shouting and swearing at Constable Burmy and making racist comments to him.

A charge that she had also behaved in a threatening or abusive way by shouting, swearing and threatening violence was dropped by prosecutors.

Procurator fiscal depute Frank Clarke told the court: “No-one could understand her behaviour.”

Connor was taken to hospital as she had swelling and a cut over her right eye and received treatment, before being released back into police custody.

She made no reply when cautioned and charged.

Defence solicitor Peter Galletly said: “She doesn’t think this is representative of the kind of person she is. She holds no ill will towards any police officers or anyone of any race or nationality.”

Mr Galletly added: “She felt someone must have put something into her drink when she was at one of the pubs earlier in the day. This is supported by the way she was behaving at the time. It is something she would not normally do. There was a neighbourhood dispute. She is very embarrassed.”

After hearing Connor had spent the night in question in custody and had not come before the courts before, Sheriff Tom McCartney fined her £500, reduced from £700 as she admitted her guilt over the “extremely objectionable” remarks.

He told her: “I think you probably don’t need me to tell you how unacceptable the remarks you made were – and they’re the type of remarks that have no place in civilised society.”