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Scottish woman fined for singing UVF song at her home in run up to 12th July celebrations

A charge under the Terrorism Act for displaying a UVF flag at her home was later dropped
Giebler said she'd never had "any bother" from neighbours when cops turned up at her home

Giebler said she'd never had "any bother" from neighbours when cops turned up at her home

Jamie McDowell

A woman in Scotland has been fined for singing along to a UVF song.

Debbie Giebler, originally from Irvine but living in Livingston, West Lothian, played the song in her home while singing along to it in the run up to the Twelfth last year.

The 43-year-old mum of five had also been charged with breaching the Terrorism Act by displaying a UVF flag at her home so it was visible from the outside, but the charge was dropped.

Giebler had been singing the UVF song from her home in Norman Rise in the town, with neighbours complaining about the nature of the lyrics.

Neighbours then reported her to the police, who charged her with causing a disturbance by playing and singing the sectarian song between July 5 and 10 last year.

Giebler, who has had no previous convictions, didn’t appear in Livingston Sheriff Court on Tuesday but her lawyer acting on her behalf put in a plea of for his client of not guilty to breaching the Terrorism Act by displaying a flag of a proscribed organisation, which was accepted by the Crown.

However, she pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm by repeatedly playing and singing along to the UVF song on July 10.

It was heard in court when cops called to her home at 9am on that day they could hear the song being played and Giebler singing along from the street outside her home.

Officers said when they called at her door Giebler said: “I’ve never had any bother.”

In court, her lawyer said: “I’m told that her family has a tradition of affiliation to the Orange Order and it’s normal for them to celebrate around this time for it falls on the 12th of July.

“She didn’t think she was doing anything wrong but she now accepts it must have caused great offence to anyone listening to that.

“I think her remark to the police officers pretty much summed up her position.”

Giebler, who is on benefits, was fined £400 for playing and singing the UVF song with a victim surcharge of £20, which she will be allowed to pay in monthly installments of £20.

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