A judge has torn a strip off a Merseyside mum and branded her “a liar" - but decided to give her a third and final chance even though he thinks she will fail.
Emma Clague was given a chance by a judge after she was caught allowing her home to be used as £52,000 drugs factory.
But the 39-year-old has ended up back in court after breaching conditions of her sentence .
And meanwhile she had also been caught with drugs again after a row between her and her daughter at a Travel Lodge hotel in the city led to police being called.
She appeared before the city magistrates for possessing cannabis and amphetamine at the hotel and for failing attend the crown court for breaching her suspended sentence.
They remanded the 39-year-old in custody for a week and sent back to Judge Stuart Driver, QC, who had given her the 21 month suspended prison sentence in August.
She was due before him a week ago after failing to attend probation appointments as part of that sentence order - but she failed to attend to and a warrant which led to her arrest was then issued.
After hearing that she had not gone to the probation office after the earlier sentence hearing and had not received any appointments as she was homeless and had been ‘sofa surfing’ Judge Driver gave her a conditional discharge for 12 months.
But he told an uncomfortable-looking Clague, formerly of Maple Close, Seaforth, that he was only doing so as she had just spent a week in custody.
He said: "As far as you are concerned I am your judge and I’m going to tell you what I think of you. I think you are a liar."
Liverpool Crown Court was told by Cheryl Mottram, prosecuting, that police were called to the Travel Lodge on October 25 “and found a small bag of cannabis and white powder which turned out to be amphetamine."
"She was arrested and interviewed and accepted the cannabis had been bought for £10 for her own use. She claimed the amphetamine had been left in her bag and she thought it was glucose."
Matthew O’Neill, defending, explained that the mother-of-two had not attended for breaching the order as she had not gone to the probation office and not received the appointments.
She had been forced to leave her home and had been living at various addresses and sofa-surfing but her mother, who has a new partner, has now said she can live with them at their home in Stanley Road, Bootle, he said.
Judge Driver added: "When the police came to the hotel you lied to them about the drugs. In the last weeks you told lie after lie but don’t think you can fool the crown court.
“I’m giving you a last chance. Don’t try your tears on me, it won’t get you anywhere.
“I don’t think you’ll do this. I think you will fail and you will come back to this court and when you do it is almost certain I will send you down for 21 months but I’m giving you a last chance.”
He told Clague, who was pulling various facial expressions: “Don’t perform dramatics in the dock, it’ll get you nowhere with me.”
As part of the suspended prison sentence for her previous offence of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply the judge had ordered her to carry out 25 days rehabilitation activities - and he has now added an extra five days.
Judge Driver told pony-tailed Clague: “If I see you again you know where you are going.”