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Drunk Ross-shire man slapped police officer

By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Sheriff Court.
Inverness Sheriff Court.

A police officer was slapped on her buttocks by a drunk man whom she had arrested for frightening his partner at their home.

Maciej Krol had been taken by officers from the property in Drover's Way, Milton to Burnett Road police station in Inverness on July 21, 2023.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that on the way into the custody suite, Krol committed the sex offence.

Earlier, 37-year-old Krol had attended at his home demanding entry, food and his phone to be charged before collapsing in the garden.

Krol was prohibited by a bail condition from going there and his partner phoned the police.

Fiscal depute Grant McLennan told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank: "He fled before the police arrived. But he returned and police again attended shortly after.

"He was uncooperative and shouting at police in Polish , gesturing as if to headbutt them."

Krol admitted threatening or abusive behaviour and the sex offence.

He was ordered to carry out 110 hours of unpaid community work and placed under a year's social work supervision and on the Sex Offender's Register for the same period.

Defending, Rory Gowans said: "He has been in custody since July 28. He concedes that alcohol was a major problem for him at the time of his arrest.

"He had been drinking every day for two months and knows that it is no excuse. His problem caused a problem for his nearest and dearest.

"His recollection of the slap is nil and he wishes to apologise to the officer concerned for his conduct.

"His period on remand has given him the opportunity to re-order his priorities and become a good partner, father and get back into employment."

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