Thug is caged for at­tack­ing cop with CS spray

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Court re­porter

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.