Thomp­son pushed her caus­ing her to stum­ble be­fore he spat to­wards her

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CON­NOR GOR­DON BY JACK AITCHI­SON

AN ORANGE Walk marcher has ad­mit­ted spit­ting on a woman as she crossed their pro­ces­sion. Dar­ren Thomp­son, 34, pleaded guilty to push­ing and spit­ting on Caitlin McCall on Glas­gow’s West Ge­orge street on July 6 this year.

Thomp­son’s co-ac­cused Wil­liam Carmichael, 45, also pushed McCall dur­ing the in­ci­dent that was cap­tured on video.

The pair, who are mem­bers of the Drum­chapel Protes­tant Boys Flute Band have now both pled guilty at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court to as­sault­ing McCall.

Carmichael ad­mit­ted his in­volve­ment in July while Thomp­son pled guilty yes­ter­day.

The court heard that McCall was late for work and trav­el­ling by taxi.

She got out as the cab couldn’t move fur­ther up the street due to road clo­sures for the pro­ces­sion.

Pros­e­cu­tor Han­nah Sweeney said: “She stood on the foot­path as the band was pass­ing her.

“She iden­ti­fied an open­ing and took an op­por­tu­nity to walk through the band.

“As she walked through, walked to­wards her pushed her back­wards.

“She passed in front of Thomp­son who pushed her, caus­ing her to stum­ble be­fore he spat to­wards her with the spit end­ing up on the back of her jacket.”

McCall was “shaken” when she ar­rived at work, the court heard, and was told to con­tact the po­lice by col­leagues.

She was “hes­i­tant” as a video on so­cial me­dia of the in­ci­dent went vi­ral.

Po­lice were able to Thomp­son and from the footage.

Thomp­son told of­fi­cers: “I don’t think I spat on her” while Carmichael made no com­ment.

Sen­tence was de­ferred for back­ground re­ports un­til next month by Sher­iff Daniel Kelly.

Thomp­son, from Drum­chapel, and Carmichael, from Mil­ton, are both on bail.

Carmichael and iden­tify McCall, Carmichael

AMISSING cat has been flown home from Glas­gow af­ter an epic trip saw it travel around 500 miles from its home on the Isle of Wight.

Zara Ellis was left dis­traught af­ter her adorable pet Lucy, a seven-year-old black cat, van­ished on Oc­to­ber 20.

She and her fam­ily had al­most given up hope of find­ing her – but has now been re­united with her pet af­ter a Christ­mas mir­a­cle.

It’s thought Lucy had man­aged to stow away on the back of one of Zara’s old neigh­bours’ horse­boxes when they made the move north to Scot­land.

Weeks past with­out any news, but even­tu­ally the adorable cat was found tucked away in a barn on the Isle of Lis­more – to the im­mense sur­prise of Zara and her fam­ily.

Glas­gow is the clos­est air­port to where Lucy was found, mak­ing it the ob­vi­ous choice to stage a res­cue mis­sion and, upon hear­ing the story, air­line Flybe were more than happy to help.

Zara, who wel­comed the in­trepid kitty just across The So­lent at Southamp­ton Air­port with her daugh­ter Alice, said: “She is now home and quite frankly, de­lighted.

“She is al­ready back in her usual spot and seems quite de­ter­mined not to leave it.

“She is of­fi­cially grounded! No more ad­ven­tures for this cat for a while.”

She told the Isle of Wight Ob­server: “It has been a long wait, but it has all been worth­while, and I am so re­lieved she is back.

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