A Tayside mum-to-be told how she feared for her baby after she was allegedly robbed on a main road.
Kerry Robertson, 22, was walking to her friend’s house on Perth’s Victoria Street when the incident happened.
“I was just walking to my friend’s at about half past nine at night. I was on the phone to my mum because I don’t really like walking in the dark by myself.”
Kerry said events “happened really fast”, but that afterwards she “just panicked”.
“I ran back to my flat where my partner was and he phoned the police because I couldn’t speak,” she added.
Kerry said that when police heard she was 27 weeks pregnant, she was taken to hospital to be checked over.
“That was going through my head,” she said. “When you’re stressed and anxious your stomach hurts, so I was thinking ‘Is everything OK?’ They took me to A&E and then the maternity ward.”
Kerry said staff initially struggled to find her baby’s heartbeat, but that she was eventually reassured.
“I was starting to panic, but they said everything’s fine”, she said.
Though she and her baby were given the all-clear, Kerry said the experience had affected her. “I keep having horrible dreams about stuff, like it’s happening again but so much worse.”
Kelly, who lives in Perth, was speaking at her partner Kevin McLaren’s home. She said: “It’s still a bit surreal, but I’ve not been left alone long enough to really think.
“I was left alone yesterday for half an hour and I just started crying, I broke down. I don’t walk anywhere by myself now, not even during the day.
“I’m constantly looking around me. But everything heals through time, doesn’t it?”
Police attended an address in Perth on Sunday after an alleged robbery.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “The pregnant woman was taken to Perth Royal Infirmary for a check-up following the alleged incident and thankfully was found not to be physically injured, despite her ordeal.”
A 26-year-old man appeared at Perth Sheriff court this week, and the case was continued without plea or declaration.