Fort man punched police officer
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.