Fish­ing trip ended with night in cells

Home­less pair ad­mit crimes

Rutherglen Reformer - - Fairground Attraction - Jenny Foulds

Two men from a Cam­bus­lang home­less unit went on a fish­ing trip to Bal­loch last week but ended up spend­ing their night in a po­lice cell.

Christo­pher Carr stole fish­ing equip­ment from the Boat House restau­rant on Old Luss Road while his pal Eric Black made dis­gust­ing re­marks at a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer and spat at an­other.

The pair, whose ad­dress was given as the Eva Burrows Cen­tre in Half­way, had trav­elled to the Loch Lomond vil­lage and com­mit­ted the of­fences on Tues­day, July 4, Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court heard last week.

They ap­peared from cus­tody the fol­low­ing day and Carr, 24, ad­mit­ted steal­ing the fish­ing equip­ment, while he was on bail.

Black pleaded guilty to shout­ing, swear­ing and mak­ing vi­o­lent threats and sex­ual re­marks at Ben Lomond Way, as well as re­peat­edly spit­ting on a male po­lice of­fi­cer at Cly­de­bank Po­lice Sta­tion.

Emma Thom­son, fis­cal de­pute, said po­lice dis­cov­ered Carr crouched be­hind an elec­tri­cal box fol­low­ing the theft.

Black was abu­sive when ques­tioned by po­lice, stat­ing ‘dirty b ******* , get out my face. I want to kill you’.

He also spat at an of­fi­cer and shouted ‘F ****** dafties. Look at the nee­dle marks on my feet. I hope you get Hep­ati­tis’, and made vile sex­ual re­marks to­wards a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer,

Black’s lawyer said he had only moved to home­less ac­com­mo­da­tion in Cam­bus­lang a week ear­lier.

He com­mented: “He knows that cus­tody will be at the fore­front of your lord­ship’s mind.

“He is a man with a num­ber of men­tal health dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Be­ing in a home­less unit has been a very un­com­fort­able ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

“He de­cided to go fish­ing and go overnight in Bal­loch.

“By the time he was taken to Cly­de­bank Po­lice Of­fice, af­ter a mix­ture of al­co­hol and not hav­ing his med­i­ca­tion, he acted in the man­ner that he did. “It’s no ex­cuse for his be­hav­iour.” Carr’s lawyer said: “He has never com­mit­ted theft be­fore. This is the sort of be­hav­iour that Mr Carr does not get in­volved in.

“He is en­tirely dis­gusted by his be­hav­iour.

“It was op­por­tunis­tic. He no­ticed the equip­ment by a tree and fool­ishly de­cided to ac­quire it.

“He has no rea­son to come back to Dum­bar­ton or Bal­loch.”

Sher­iff Maxwell Hendry de­ferred sen­tenc­ing on the pair for back­ground re­ports.

He re­leased Carr on bail but kept Black in cus­tody.

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