Racial abuse de­nied

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

A man has de­nied racially abus­ing a Wishaw Gen­eral em­ployee and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Mark Lang­ford de­nied all seven charges against him in court last week re­lat­ing to al­leged in­ci­dents in Lau­rel Drive, Craigneuk, Wishaw Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Mother­well Po­lice Of­fice.

It is al­leged that on June 20 at Lau­rel Drive and at Mother­well Po­lice Of­fice, Lang­ford be­haved in a threat­en­ing man­ner likely to cause fear and alarm by re­peat­edly shout­ing, swear­ing, mak­ing threats of vi­o­lence and be­hav­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner.

He is also ac­cused of re­sist­ing ar­rest in Lau­rel Drive and strug­gling vi­o­lently with po­lice con­sta­bles Mark Lamb and Craig Dunn.

A fur­ther al­le­ga­tion was made that the 24-yearold as­saulted PC Dunn by at­tempt­ing to bite him on the body.

Lang­ford also pled not guilty to two charges which are al­leged to have taken place at Wishaw Gen­eral.

He is ac­cused of be­hav­ing in a racially ag­gra­vated man­ner which caused alarm and dis­tress to hospi­tal em­ployee Chenai Mautsi by shout­ing, swear­ing and mak­ing racial re­marks.

It is also al­leged Lang­ford be­haved in a threat­en­ing man­ner at the hospi­tal by shout­ing, swear­ing, ut­ter­ing threats of vi­o­lence and be­hav­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner.

Lang­ford also pleaded not guilty to at­tempt­ing to head-butt James King at Mother­well Po­lice Of­fice on June 21.

The fi­nal charge the ac­cused de­nied was that he al­legedly re­peat­edly made threats of vi­o­lence and ut­tered of­fen­sive re­marks at Mother­well Po­lice Of­fice and within a se­cu­rity ve­hi­cle en-route to Hamilton Sher­iff Court.

Dur­ing the course of the jour­ney, Lang­ford is ac­cused of shout­ing, swear­ing and be­hav­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner with the al­leged of­fence be­ing ag­gra­vated by reli­gious prej­u­dice.

Bail was re­fused and Lang­ford, of Lau­rel Drive, Craigneuk, was re­manded in cus­tody by Sher­iff Ger­ard P MacMil­lan.

A fur­ther hear­ing in the case will take place on July 10 with Lang­ford ex­pected to stand trial at Hamilton Sher­iff Court on July 21.

Ac­cused of be­hav­ing in a racially ag­gra­vated man­ner which caused alarm and dis­tress

Wishaw Gen­eral Lang­ford denies mak­ing racist re­marks to a hospi­tal em­ployee

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