Man grabs wrists of two so­cial work­ers at his home

Mills, 57, jailed for of­fence

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A Coat­bridge man who vi­o­lently grabbed two fe­male so­cial work­ers by the wrist when they at­tended his home has been jailed.

Ian Mills, 57, ad­mit­ted re­act­ing an­grily when the so­cial re­sponse of­fi­cers vis­ited the Al­bion Street prop­erty in April last year.

They had re­ceived a com­plaint about noise but when they walked through the open door into the prop­erty and ex­plained why they were there, Mills tried to take mat­ters into his own hands.

At Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week, the procu­ra­tor fis­cal ex­plained: “At around 3.30pm the fe­male com­plain­ers were work­ing as so­cial re­sponse of­fi­cers when they re­ceived a com­plaint.

“As they ap­praoched the lo­cus they could hear loud noises.

“The door was open and the ac­cused was there with some­one else and both were un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“They ex­plained their at­ten­dance and the ac­cused grabbed one of the woman’s wrists and kept a tight grip.

“She broke free and the other re­sponse of­fi­cer in­ter­vened and then he grabbed her wrist too, but she man­aged to break free.”

Mills’ de­fence so­lic­i­tor said: “He knows how fright­en­ing and un­setlling this must have been for the wit­nesses.

“The re­port is en­tirely hon­est about him.

Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll said: “Mr Mills, you acted in an anti- so­cial way to work­ers who were per­form­ing a pub­lic ser­vice.

“Your re­sponse when they tried to in­ter­vene was to do the same thing again.

“For that, you’ll spend seven months in prison which I have dis­counted form 10 due to your plea.

“You also failed to turn up in court on a pre­vi­ous ocas­sion and for that you’ll spend three months in prison.

“There will run con­sec­u­tively so the to­tal sen­tence is 10 months back­dated to Septem­ber 28.”

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