Man admits to as­sault­ing mul­ti­ple Oban po­lice of­fi­cers

The Oban Times - - News -

A GLAS­GOW man has pleaded guilty to as­sault­ing mul­ti­ple po­lice of­fi­cers in an Oban li­censed premises.

Dar­ren Brown, of 1 Bra­cadale Grove, was in­volved in a 20-per­son fight at the premises in the early hours of Au­gust 28 last year.

Oban Sheriff Court heard on Mon­day April 10 that Brown punched a man and a woman, be­fore he grabbed a po­lice ba­ton and re­peat­edly kicked a po­lice­man on the head.

The 27-year- old also ad­mit­ted to punch­ing and kick­ing a fe­male con­sta­ble on the body.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal Emma Thom­son told the court that at 12.30am a fight broke out be­tween the ac­cused and an­other male.

And when an­other man at­tempted to break this fight up, Brown be­gan to act ag­gres­sively to­wards him in that he kept ask­ing the man to fight him.

The man’s girl­friend then came over and Brown punched her on the head.

Brown was then re­strained by the man and wres­tled to the ground, but as he waited for a bouncer to come over and as­sist him, Brown was able to break free and punch the man on the head.

He was sub­se­quently pulled off by door se­cu­rity and a call to the po­lice was made re­port­ing a large-scale fight in­volv­ing in ex­cess of 20 peo­ple.

When the first two po­lice con­sta­bles ar­rived, sev­eral of those in­volved were re­ported to have been hos­tile to­wards them.

The con­sta­bles then used their ba­tons in or­der to cre­ate space.

How­ever, sev­eral males, in­clud­ing Brown, acted ag­gres­sively and pushed to­wards them and at­tempted to grab their ba­tons.

Brown then took hold of a ba­ton and moved to­wards the po­lice. An­other con­sta­ble wit­nessed him kick the po­lice­man to the body and this caused him to fall to the ground, where Brown re­peat­edly kicked him on the head.

An­other of­fi­cer and a door­man man­aged to get con­trol of Brown, be­fore more of­fi­cers showed up to hand­cuff the 27-year- old.

Brown was then kept in overnight at Oban Po­lice Sta­tion and re­leased the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Sheriff Ruth An­der­son said: ‘I must say it fails my un­der­stand­ing that he was not charged and cau­tioned.’

Sen­tenc­ing has been de­ferred un­til May 23 for so­cial work re­ports.

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