Denny thug attacked two police officers

An offender claimed he struggled with police officers because he did not want to get down on the wet grass when he could climb into a dry police vehicle.

By Court Reporter
Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 4:20 pm

When he was arrested, Brendan Lynn (41) asked officers what he was being charged with - because in his mind they had actually assaulted him.

Officers had been called to the scene to deal with an incident involving Lynn and two others.

Appearing from custody via video link at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, Lynn had admitted assaulting two police officers in Duke Street, Denny on November 29 last year.

Lynn said he struggled with police officers because he wanted to get into the police van and did not want to go down on the wet grass

Procurator fiscal depute Nhabeela Ruhmatullah said: “The accused struggled with police in the rear of the vehicle.

"The officer was on her back and the accused continued to force his body weight into the van and over the top of her.

"Another officer had hold of the accused and tried to pull him away. The female officer used the sole of her foot to push the accused in the abdomen in a bid to get away from him.

“The accused then struck her right leg with his leg, turning to the other officer and striking him to his leg. The accused was arrested and replied ‘What am I getting charged on? You assaulted me’.”

The court heard Lynn, 85 Duke Street, Denny, had been involved in an altercation before police arrived on the scene.

William McIntyre, defence solicitor, said: “He intervened on behalf of a friend between two people and his nephew in relation to an argument.

"The two people who assaulted him said he had assaulted them.

"He was going quietly until the police, for some reason, wanted him on the ground. They were trying to throw him on the ground, but the grass was wet and he didn’t want to go on the ground.

“He was just trying to get into the van. He could have dealt with things a bit better.

"He has got an alcohol problem, but on this occasion he wasn’t drinking.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston sentenced Lynn to 126 days in custody back dated to November 30.

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