Bonnybridge offender made COVID-19 threat to police

After he was caught in the act breaching his bail an offender told police he had tested positive for coronavirus then laughed and said now they all had it too.

Jason Clark (33) was found in his home with his ex partner – who his bail conditions prevented him from having any contact with – and when police took him into custody he claimed he had COVID-19 and laughed after stating officers now had it too.

He later threatened them further stating he would find out where they all lived, kicking the door of the police vehicle he was in.

Appearing from custody via video link at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, Clark had pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner and breaching his bail conditions not to have contact with his former partner at his 98 Ure Crescent, Bonnybridge home on May 21.

Police found Clark had breached his bail conditions at his home in Ure Crescent, Bonnybridge

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Procurator fiscal depute Xander Van der Scheer said: “It was midnight and police witnesses were on mobile patrol in the Bonnybridge area and carried out a domestic bail check.

"They saw the lights to be on and knocked on the front door to be invited in by the accused’s mother. The accused was traced in the bedroom. When he was taken to the police vehicle he was asked if he was suffering from any COVID-19 symptoms.

"He said he was positive and had a sore throat and then said ‘I’ve got it and youse have got ha ha’. The accused’s mother said he had not tested positive for COVID-19 and had attended at work.

"The accused then said to police ‘I’m going to find out where you stay’ and then kicked the door if the secure cage inside the police vehicle.”

The court heard Clark had been in custody since May 21.

Lynn Swann, defence solicitor, said Clark, who works with a firm as a demolition operative, accepted he should have left the house when he saw his ex partner was there.

She stated he had alcohol difficulties.

Sheriff Simon Collins QC noted Clark had failed to comply with community orders and sentenced him to six months in prison back dated to May 21.

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