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Injured Muir of Ord man pays price for spitting at police officer in Inverness car park

By Ali Morrison

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Sheriff Gary Aitken.
Sheriff Gary Aitken.

An injured Muir of Ord man who spat on a police officer who came to assist him was fined a total of £2175.

Sentence had previously been deferred on 32-year-old Sohaib Ullah for intensive social work involvement.

When he appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court to learn his fate, Sheriff Gary Aitken decided against jailing him.

An earlier hearing was told that police responding to reports of a man "wandering" in an Inverness car park found it was Ullah with a wound to his scalp which was bleeding heavily.

Fiscal depute Adele Gray said that the two officers called an ambulance, but while Ullah was being treated he became abusive to the police, shouting and swearing, challenging them and threatening to kill them.

He then assaulted one of the officers by spitting on her cheek said Ms Gray.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson told the court: "My client has absolutely no recollection about what happened or how he behaved.

"When he woke up in the police station he was appalled at what happened."

Mr Dickson added that Ullah had been in the company of friends drinking and he believes that later he was the victim of robbery as some of his jewellery and his wallet were missing.

He added: "There is the possibility he may have been struck on the back of the head with a bottle."

The solicitor also put forward the possibility that Ullah's extreme reaction to the police might have been caused by a delayed "fight or flight" mechanism following an attack.

Mr Dickson added that alcohol had become problematic for Ullah but he had been "dry" for several months.

Ullah of Logan Way, Muir of Ord, admitted that on February 13 in Upper Kessock Street, Inverness, he behaved in a threatening and abusive manner towards the two officers, and assaulted one of them by spitting on her head.

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