A drunken Perth woman hurled racial abuse at a man who was born in Scotland - in a bid to get arrested, the sheriff court was told this week.

Police officers duly obliged - and when they spoke to Jessie Hendry she said: “Bring back Hitler so we can have another war.”

Jailing her for 54 weeks, Sheriff William Wood branded her behaviour “simply appalling”.

He pointed out: “Mr Elherik is as Scottish as you are.”

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Hendry’s sentence was backdated to July 13, when she was remanded.

She admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner towards Arkhan Elherik from a house in St Catherine’s Road, Perth, on June 12, 2020.

The accused, who is also a prolific shoplifter, stole goods worth more than £1300 from four outlets in the city, all while on bail.

Three of the incidents took place in May, 2020, with another dating back to December, 2018.

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The court heard that Mr Elherik has parents of Pakistani descent but was born and raised in Scotland.

Hendry was in the flat drinking alcohol. The curtains were open, as was the window.

As Mr Elherik finished work and walked home. He heard Hendry shout “Paki b******.”

“He stopped, went to the open window and asked what she had said,” explained depute fiscal Bill Kermode.

She repeated the racial slur and the police were contacted.

“It was pointed out that was highly improbable because a radio show wouldn’t use such inappropriate language.”

The accused was described as “under the influence of alcohol and emotional.”

The fiscal added: “She started talking about members of her family, who were deceased, and the war.”

She then shouted about people from Pakistan, Russia and Germany.

Her local shoplifting spree netted the accused groceries from Aldi in Glasgow Road; cosmetics from Savers, fragrances from Debenhams, as well as groceries, cleaning products and other items from Marks and Spencer, all in the High Street.

Solicitor Pauline Cullerton said the racial abuse took place during the coronavirus lockdown when Hendry’s mental health had declined.

Ms Cullerton added: “She felt desperate, had consumed alcohol and had shouted at the victim in an attempt to lead to her arrest.”

The shoplifting incidents had been a combination of her drug misuse and mental health difficulties.

Sentence on her haul of goodies from one of the Perth outlets was deferred until December 9 and a supplementary background report was requested.

The accused admitted 15 pages of previous convictions, detailing more than 100 offences.