Thug de­manded to be sent to prison in front of Sher­iff

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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.

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