Court hears of al­leged knife at­tack on GP

Man said to have en­tered surgery and se­ri­ously in­jured lo­cal doc­tor

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMIE BEATSON

A doc­tor had to lock him­self in­side his surgery af­ter be­ing at­tacked by a knife-wield­ing Mon­trose man, pros­e­cu­tors al­lege.

Dr Dou­glas Walker is said to have been se­verely in­jured when David Gib­son burst into the Links Health Cen­tre on Septem­ber 25.

It is al­leged Gib­son struck Dr Walker on the hand with the knife – one of sev­eral charges lev­elled at the 42-year-old when he ap­peared in court yes­ter­day.

He is ac­cused of en­ter­ing the surgery while bran­dish­ing a knife, plac­ing its oc­cu­pants in a state of alarm.

He is said to have as­saulted Dr Walker be­fore be­ing forced from his room af­ter a strug­gle.

Af­ter re­peat­edly strik­ing the door with the knife, it is al­leged he again bran­dished it as he ran back through the build­ing, ac­cord­ing to the charges.

Gib­son made no plea and the case was con­tin­ued.

A man ap­peared in court yes­ter­day ac­cused of strik­ing a GP with a knife af­ter storm­ing into his surgery.

David Gib­son faces four charges over an in­ci­dent at the Links Health Cen­tre in Mon­trose on Septem­ber 25 last year.

It is al­leged he went to the GP surgery armed with a knife be­fore en­ter­ing the re­cep­tion area.

Af­ter mak­ing his way into the room, pros­e­cu­tors say he shouted at staff and ut­tered threats of vi­o­lence to­wards them.

It is claimed he then shouted, swore and bran­dished the knife, caus­ing panic and a state of fear and alarm among staff and mem­bers of the pub­lic in the re­cep­tion area.

Gib­son is then said to have as­saulted Dr Dou­glas Walker by en­ter­ing his surgery of­fice un­in­vited.

Charges state he shouted at him, bran­dished a knife at him and ap­proached him.

It is al­leged he lunged at Dr Walker, kicked him, en­gaged in a strug­gle and struck him on the hand with the knife.

The doc­tor was se­verely in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to the charges faced by 42-year-old Gib­son.

Af­ter the al­leged in­ci­dent with the knife, Gib­son is said to have been forced out of the doc­tor’s room.

The door was then locked to pre­vent him re-en­ter­ing but Gib­son is said to have re­peat­edly struck it with the knife.

He is then al­leged to have run through the surgery bran­dish­ing the knife, plac­ing peo­ple there in a state of fear or alarm.

Gib­son, from Mon­trose, did not en­ter a plea to any of the charges lev­elled at him.

They in­clude pos­ses­sion of a knife, as­sault to se­vere in­jury and two counts of be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner at the health cen­tre on Frank Wood Way, Mon­trose, on Septem­ber 25.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Ross Don­nelly said his firm had only re­cently been in­structed in the case by Gib­son.

He asked the court for the case to be ad­journed for the de­fence to make fur­ther prepa­ra­tions.

Sher­iff Tom Hughes con­tin­ued the case to a fur­ther pre-trial hear­ing later this month.

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