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Inverness street chase ends in violence at Raigmore Hospital - and jail for Invergordon man


By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald.
Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald.

Inverness Sheriff Court has heard how a chase through Inverness city centre ended in violence then “foul” behaviour at the A&E department of Raigmore Hospital.

Colin Williamson (27) appeared via a video link from Inverness Prison for sentence after admitting an assault on another man, threatening and abusive behaviour towards two police officers, and spitting on the face of a police officer later at the hospital.

Fiscal depute Adelle Gray said a witness was “pursuing” Williamson on foot because of an unrelated matter but when in Post Office Avenue, Williamson turned and punched his pursuer on the shoulder, knocking him to the ground.

Police arrested Williamson of Reid Road, Invergordon, and after being told by him that he had taken an overdose of pills, he was taken to Raigmore’s A&E department.

While waiting to be assessed Williamson began threatening to kill the officers by shooting and with baseball bats and was generally threatening and abusive towards them before spitting on the face of one of them.

Ms Gray added that because of the circumstance more police were asked to attend at the hospital.

Defence solicitor Rory Gowans told the court that Williamson was currently serving a prison sentence for other offending and his earliest release date is in 2028.

He told Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald that his client’s mental health was “particularly poor” at the time and he has since been diagnosed with a split personality and PTSD, but while in prison is being medicated well for his condition.

Mr Gowans said Williamson had told the arresting officers he had taken 50 Xanax tablets which was why they took him to hospital.

The solicitor added: “He wishes to apologise for all his behaviour which was particularly unpleasant.”

Sheriff MacDonald told Williamson he had admitted “disgusting, foul behaviour” directed at people who were only trying to help him.

Williams was jailed for eight months to be served along with the time he is already serving.




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