Fishing trip ended with night in cells
Homeless pair admit crimes
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.