Thug is caged for attacking cop with CS spray
A cop was on the receiving end of police-issue incapacitating spray during a disturbance in Larkhall.
Jordan Moore grabbed a canister which was lying on the ground and took aim at the officer who, along with several colleagues, had been trying to subdue him.
The officer reported a stinging sensation, but was otherwise okay, Hamilton Sheriff Court was told. He was also bitten by Moore.
Moore (20), a prisoner, admitted kicking and damaging a garden shed door, police assault and resisting arrest.
Other charges, including being concerned in the supply of heroin, were dropped midway through his trial before Sheriff Daniel Kelly and a jury.
The court heard violence flared after Moore and another man were detained for allegedly forcing open a shed in Firbank Avenue, Larkhall, with intent to steal on June 1 this year.
Moore had his not guilty plea to that charge accepted.
Cops claimed Moore had a small Nutella jar with 13 heroin wraps in it, but that charge was also dropped after evidence about where this was actually found was called into question.
Moore’s lawyer, Charles Ferguson, said his client kicked in the shed door because he’d been told that his phone, which he’d mislaid, was there. He denied having anything to do with the heroin allegedly recovered in the vicinity.
Mr Ferguson said his client spent much of his early life in care. He is now a father of one who is desperate to be given his freedom so he can see the child.
The solicitor added: “He has had a chaotic lifestyle and has a problem with Valium which is causing seizures.
“If social work money is to be spent, it should be on people like this. He is capable of change and could be put under supervision so that his needs are addressed.
“If a custodial sentence is to be imposed he would come out eventually to nothing. “
Sheriff Kelly locked Moore up for 15 months, backdated to June 4. He told the accused: “You had a difficult upbringing and for a young man your offending record is horrendous.
“This started out as a fairly minor manner involving damage to a shed, but it escalated dramatically and the level of aggression against the police was such that a large number of officers was needed to contain things.
“I take account of what your agent has said, but with your past record and the level of violence here, I see no alternative to custody.”