Fugitive F Led Long Arms of Law - Only to Land on Its Head; Escape Bid: Amanda Beattie Leapt from Her Flat above the Baker's Shop Unhappy Landing: WPC Michelle Squire, Who Was Hurt
Byline: Gordon Currie
WHEN Amanda Beattie leapt from the window of her first-floor flat, itwas a desperate bid to escape the long arm of the law.
Unfortunately, the plan backfired spectacularly when she landed on its headinstead - in the shape of WPC Michelle Squire, who was standing on the streetbelow.
And yesterday, as Beattie was fined [pounds sterling]250 for injuring the officer, it emergedthe police had not even been looking for the 29-year-old.
The bizarre incident happened as WPC Squire and a colleague were investigatingthe theft of a handbag at a baker's shop in Perth in June 2006.
Beattie, who was then subject to three bail orders, mistakenly believed thepolice had come to arrest her. .
police had come to arrest her.
After a witness told the officers the thief could be in one of the flats abovethe shop, WPC Squire's colleague went upstairs to check.
Shortly afterwards, Beattie climbed out of her window and leapt 15ft to thepavement below - landing on the 25-year-old officer and knocking her to theground.
Fiscal depute Lucy Keane told Perth Sheriff Court detectives were probing atheft from Bayne's bakery shortly before the incident.
She said: 'One of the witnesses said she thought the person responsible may bein one of the flats above the baker's shop.
'Officers went up, but were unable to get in. There was a male and femaleinside. The male jumped to the ground and ran off. The next thing was that thefemale constable was struck on the head and body by the accused who had jumpedfrom the first-floor flat. …