Fort man punched po­lice of­fi­cer

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A FORT Wil­liam man has been fined £400 af­ter punch­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer last year.

Mark Find­lay Cur­tis, 23, of 24 Alma Road, ap­peared in Fort Wil­liam Sher­iff Court on Wed­nes­day July 19 af­ter he pled guilty to the as­sault charge.

At 3am on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 16 2016, Cur­tis ap­proached a group of men at the taxi rank in Fort Wil­liam High Street. The men ap­peared to be heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and were ar­gu­ing with one an­other. A po­lice of­fi­cer ap­proached the group and asked them to move on.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal David Mor­ton told the court Cur­tis had then fallen over be­cause of his drunken state and when he got back up he punched the of­fi­cer on the right side of his face.

The punch didn’t in­jure the of­fi­cer, but Cur­tis was ar­rested.

Cur­tis’ de­fence agent Hamish Mel­rose ex­plained this was the scaf­folder’s first ap­pear­ance in court, he had a good work record and had not been in trou­ble since the in­ci­dent.

He said Cur­tis made his way to the taxi rank on the evening last Oc­to­ber and saw two men, who he knows, in an ar­gu­ment which be­came heated.

Mr Mel­rose said Cur­tis had wanted to ‘dif­fuse the sit­u­a­tion’ but was knocked to the ground.

He de­scribed Cur­tis’ ac­tions as ‘reck­less’ but said he was thank­ful the po­lice of­fi­cer was not hurt.

Sher­iff Eilidh MacDon­ald fined Cur­tis £400, a re­duc­tion from £450 be­cause of his early guilty plea.

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