Dad’s shame at cop rammy in front of kids

Court hears as­sault on po­lice was ‘out of char­ac­ter’

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A yob who at­tacked and spat on a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter he was ar­rested at a shop­ping cen­tre has been shown mercy by a sher­iff.

Boozed-up An­thony McKay, 27, ended up be­ing taken away by the cops in front of his chil­dren fol­low­ing a rammy that took place in the pres­ence of shocked by­standers.

McKay was ar­rested fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance which hap­pened at the shop­ping cen­tre in Main Street, Bar­rhead, on March 11 this year.

He ap­peared at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court for sen­tenc­ing af­ter he was found guilty at trial of head­but­ting the of­fi­cer and spit­ting on him af­ter he was placed un­der ar­rest in the back of the po­lice car.

The court had called for back­ground re­ports in prepa­ra­tion for the dis­posal of the case.

De­fence agent Chris McKenna said the young dad felt deeply ashamed at his con­duct which was “com­pletely out of char­ac­ter.”

He said: “He ac­cepts he acted reck­lessly.

“He ac­cepts he let him­self down, his fam­ily down, and clearly has shown gen­uine re­morse for his of­fence.

“He comes from a good fam­ily back­ground. He is a good fa­ther with an ex­cel­lent work ethic.

“The in­ci­dent oc­curred when he was clearly un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol. He has no is­sue with drugs.

“There are no sig­nif­i­cant risk fac­tors within this case.

“It was gen­uinely out of char­ac­ter.”

McKay of Diver­nia Way, Bar­rhead, pleaded guilty to charges of be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner likely to cause a rea­son­able per­son to suf­fer fear or alarm in that he shouted, swore, ut­tered threats of vi­o­lence and be­haved in an ag­gres­sive man­ner.

He also ad­mit­ted a charge of as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer by strik­ing the cop on the body with his head and to spit­ting on him while he was in the rear of the po­lice ve­hi­cle.

Sher­iff David Pen­der said: “I can ac­cept this does seem to be an in­ci­dent which was out or char­ac­ter for you.

“You were placed in the po­lice car in the pres­ence of the chil­dren and it is likely this type of in­ci­dent won’t hap­pen again.

“I can deal with this of­fence by way of a fine.”

He fined McKay £ 500 and fixed re­pay­ment at £ 20 a week.

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