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Former Dingwall man jailed after spitting at ambulance crew during coronavirus crisis

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Ambulance workers who were called to a report of a man having a fit in the middle of the Covid-19 crisis were spat at as they tried to treat him.

Sean Macleod (27) admitted an assault charge relating to an incident outside the B&M store in the Telford Retail Park in Inverness on April 9.

Macleod, whose address was given as Inverness Prison, was jailed for a year backdated to April 11 when he was remanded in custody.

Fiscal depute Robert Weir told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that a paramedic and an ambulance technician were called to the scene that evening, shortly after beginning their shift. They had been informed that a man was fitting outside the store.

“They helped him sit up and he then repeatedly spat at them. It did not land on either individual.

“Due to his actions, they backed off him and returned to their vehicle until the police arrived.”

Officers found Macleod at a nearby shop and they noticed that he was dribbling profusely.

Mr Weir said that Macleod did not display any symptoms of Covid-19 and neither had the emergency workers.

Defence solicitor advocate Shahid Latif said: “His previous convictions are a testimony to a wasted life. When he was released from prison, he had accommodation but was then made homeless.

“For a matter of a few days he was passing from friend to friend and this negative peer group led him back into drugs. Therefore his recollection of this is almost nil as he had been taking street drugs. He is thoroughly ashamed of himself and wants to apologise to the individuals involved. There was no justification for this.”

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