A SERIAL drunk nuisance was given more time in custody after the woman asked a supermarket staff member if he was a ‘p**f’.

Carol McGovern, 59, pleaded guilty to making homophobic comments to two retail staff members at the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Ayr Road, Prestwick on August 31 this year.

When she appeared in Ayr Sheriff Court last week, McGovern – who said ‘hello’ as she was brought out from custody – admitted an offence in breach of the recently introduced Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Act 2021.

Her defence solicitor John Gallagher explained she had been placed on a community payback order but recently found herself in jail on a four-month prison sentence for continued ‘nuisance offending’.

He said: “The difficulty has been that after liberation she began drinking heavily and then police end up being deprived of public valued resources.”

The procurator fiscal depute said: “While she was in the location witnesses noticed her drunk and took her inside.”

However police were then contacted after she asked a member of staff “You’re a p**f aren’t you?”.

Addressing the dock, Sheriff Siobhan Connolly said: “Ms McGovern, you know that’s not appropriate behaviour.”

After the accused agreed, stating ‘no, I don’t approve either’. Sheriff Connolly sentenced her to two months in prison, adding it would run concurrently and not affect her current release date.

As McGovern, of Wallace Court, Prestwick, was led back down the stairs, she said: “Oh dear, what a carry on this is.”

Any information on criminality across the area can be reported to Police Scotland by contacting officers on 101 – In an emergency always dial 999.