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Female thug, 33, who blinded a police officer by spraying weed killer in her eyes while already on bail with an ASBO walks free after telling judge she struggles with authority figures


A female thug who blinded a policewoman by spraying weed killer in her eyes while already on bail and with an ASBO has walked free from court.

Levi Dixon, 33, told Perth Sheriff Court that she has ‘oppositional defiant disorder’ which causes her to struggle to deal with authority figures.

She temporarily blinded PC Rachel Roger by spraying weed killer in her eyes on October 8, 2020, when she was already subject to bail and an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO). 

Dixon, who previously threatened to firebomb the family home of her brother’s killer, has had a number of run-ins with the law. 

The weed killer attack happened after Dixon refused to comply with a gas safety check which caused police to come to her door.

Levi Dixon, 33, temporarily blinded PC Rachel Roger by spraying weed killer in her eyes on October 8, 2020, while she was already subject to bail and an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO)

Levi Dixon, 33, temporarily blinded PC Rachel Roger by spraying weed killer in her eyes on October 8, 2020, while she was already subject to bail and an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO)

Dixon told Perth Sheriff Court (pictured) that she has 'oppositional defiant disorder' which causes her to struggle to deal with authority figures

Dixon told Perth Sheriff Court (pictured) that she has ‘oppositional defiant disorder’ which causes her to struggle to deal with authority figures

Fiscal depute Sarah Wilkinson told the court: ‘As a background, there had been an exchange of emails between the accused and the council.

‘The council had been trying to do a gas safety check but she would not comply. An appointment was made and officers attended and knocked on her door.

‘She refused to answer or engage. She phoned emergency services three times while they were outside. She reported she was inside and distressed.

What is oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)? 

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) includes a frequent and ongoing pattern of anger, irritability, arguing and defiance toward parents and other authority figures. 

ODD also includes being spiteful and seeking revenge, a behavior called vindictiveness.

These emotional and behavioral issues cause serious problems with family life, social activities, school and work.

Treatment of ODD involves learning skills to help build positive family interactions and to manage problem behaviors. Other therapy, and possibly medicines, may be needed to treat related mental health conditions.

Source: Mayo Clinic

‘She was encouraged to go to the door and engage but refused. The council property inspector unlocked the door using the master key.

‘The accused was behind the door, pushing against it. Officers managed to push the door open slightly and the accused sprayed weed killer at the officer.

‘This struck PC Roger in the eye. The officer was initially blinded. However, she regained her sight and had no lasting effects.’

Solicitor David Holmes, defending, praised the police officer for her ‘resilience’ as she managed to take Dixon, from Perth, into custody from the scene.

‘She does not wish to engage with social workers,’ he said. 

‘She has attention deficit disorder and oppositional defiance disorder. These are conditions, rather than a state of mind.’

Sheriff Jennifer Bain KC told Dixon her refusal to work with social workers limited the sentencing options for the court – but gave her another chance.

She said: ‘She has failed to engage with the social worker to any meaningful extent and has indicated her refusal to do any community-based disposal.

‘It is a serious crime on indictment and she impeded the police in their duty. I do accept the officer was momentarily injured and was able to drive later.

‘You caused the officer to be blinded in that way. It seems that you were railing against authority. The court has to impose a sentence and you are limiting your options unless you want a custodial sentence.

‘It is in your best interests to engage with social work. I will give you another chance. The more co-operative you are the more favourably you may be looked upon.’

After being assured by Mr Holmes that Dixon would change her anti-authority stance, the sentence was deferred until next month for background reports. 

Another recent case involving Dixon was in April 2021 when she admitted to phoning medical staff based at local clinics and telling them she planned to torch a house.

Perth Sheriff Court was told Dixon was suffering from ‘stress and anxiety’ because she lived close to the family of the man accused of murdering her brother.

Dixon’s brother Barry Dixon, 22, was killed by Robbie Smullen, 24, in a love triangle knife attack in 2019. 

Dixon's brother Barry Dixon (pictured) was killed by Robbie Smullen in a love triangle knife attack in 2019

Dixon’s brother Barry Dixon (pictured) was killed by Robbie Smullen in a love triangle knife attack in 2019

Robbie Smullen (pictured), who denied murder and claimed he acted in self-defence, fatally stabbed Mr Dixon in the heart after finding him at his former girlfriend's flat

Robbie Smullen (pictured), who denied murder and claimed he acted in self-defence, fatally stabbed Mr Dixon in the heart after finding him at his former girlfriend’s flat

Fiscal depute David Currie told the court at the time: ‘She became irate. She stated she was going to burn down the house.’

Sheriff Neil Bowie said: ‘In all the circumstances I am prepared to deal with this by way of a financial penalty’ and he fined Dixon £450. 

Robbie Smullen was found guilty of the culpable homicide of Barry Dixon, 22, in Wallace Court, Perth, on June 4, 2019.

Smullen, who denied murder and claimed he acted in self-defence, fatally stabbed Mr Dixon in the heart after finding him at his former girlfriend’s flat.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that before the attack, Robbie Smullen had argued with Shannon Beattie, the mother of his child, as she suspected he was the father of another woman’s baby. 

Ms Beattie, 25, said she met with up with Mr Dixon before returning to her flat where they were drinking.

She said that nothing sexual occurred between them. The court heard that Mr Dixon was in his boxer shorts when Smullen arrived at the flat in the early hours.

A fight then broke out between the two men, which ended up with Mr Dixon sustaining fatal stab wounds.



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