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Alness rowdy bit police officer during disturbance


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Sheriff Sara Matheson deferred sentence for background reports.
Sheriff Sara Matheson deferred sentence for background reports.

A police officer suffered a broken wrist and another was bitten on her leg when they tried to arrest a man involved in an Easter Ross disturbance.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 35 year old Stuart Inglis of Firhill in Alness was drunk when he went round to a property in the town's Westhill on April 21 this year.

Fiscal depute David Morton said Inglis had armed himself with a baseball bat and was angry with the occupant he suspected of being a drug dealer.

Inglis began hitting the door with the weapon and challenging the man inside to fight.

"Police were called but he left the area. Officers attended at his address where he shouted at officers from the upstairs bedroom window that they would not be getting in and he would not come out.

"Eventually they were let in by his partner but he approached the door in an aggressive manner and attempted to close the door on them.

"He then ran back through the house into the kitchen pursued by the two officers and he slammed its door shut with force, striking both constables.

"One of them immediately felt severe pain through his wrist up to his elbow.

"He tried to wedge the door shut and the force of three officers was required to push it open again.

"Two officers tried to apprehend him and he attempted to bite one on the body before managing to bite her on the calf.

"He was then arrested." Mr Morton said.

Inglis admitted threatening behaviour, assaulting one constable by biting, and assaulting the other to severe injury, requiring him to have his right arm placed in a plaster cast.

Defence solicitor Ken Ferguson said he would reserve his comments until after a background report had been prepared.

Sheriff Sara Matheson deferred sentence until August 4 and Inglis's bail was continued.

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