Thug demanded to be sent to prison in front of Sheriff
An Airdrie man who repeatedly tested a Sheriff’s patience before shouting:“I want to go to prison”has been jailed for six months.
In a bizarre episode at Airdrie Sheriff Court, 40-year-old Stephen Walker received several warnings for his conduct before being told he was to receive a restriction of liberty order.
But his solicitor was left dumbfounded when loudmouthed Walker enquired what a restriction of liberty order was, before asking to be imprisoned.
Now the thug, who assaulted a police officer on October 4, will eat his Christmas dinner behind bars rather than in his Sycamore Drive home.
The procurator fiscal depute had told the court:“Police were called to an address at Burns Crescent after the accused was told he was not welcome there.
“When officers arrived, he swung at an officer and went chest-to-chest with him.
“Officers grabbed his arm and told him to calm down but he threw himself to the floor and began banging his nose off the ground, causing it to bleed.
“Whilst on the ground, he attempted to kick officers.
“They placed him in cuffs but he spat at one of the officers and a mask was placed on him.”
Walker then interrupted proceedings and yelled:“Is that no’what DNA’s for?”
Sheriff O’Carroll warned solicitor Mark Lutton to give his client“some much-needed advice”, before the fiscal depute continued.
She went on:“He was then taken to the police vehicle which he refused to enter.
“An officer bent down to try and seize his legs but the accused kicked him as he did so.
“He was restrained and held in custody to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court the next day.”
The ending of the fiscal depute’s narration was met with“that’s more lies, hen”by an indignant Walker.
His solicitor said:“My client has previous convictions and I am aware what will be at the forefront of your mind.
“However, he has a long-standing alcohol problem and a feud with his brother led him to visiting the family home.
“He accepts responsibility and is assessed as a low-risk reoffender.
“There is evidence from prior convictions that he is capable of completing orders and he has nothing else outstanding.
“A restriction of liberty order could be imposed and I’d urge you to consider that before deciding.”
Sheriff Derek O’Carroll sympathised and said:“I’m going to see if you can comply with a restriction of liberty order.”
But Walker snapped back:“What’s that?”
Sheriff O’Carroll went on to explain it meant he would be tagged on his ankle to which Walker retorted:“Aye, I’m as game as a badger mate”, while shaking his head.
The accused was then asked if he disagreed before shouting:“I want to go to prison, what are you going to gie me?”
A flabbergasted Sheriff O’Carroll withdrew the opportunity of a restriction of liberty order immediately and said:“Right Mr Walker, you’re going to prison.
“I am sentencing you to six months behind bars.”
A seemingly satisfied Walker said“no problem”as he was led away in cuffs.