Falkirk offender was spitting mad at police

Police precautions paid off when they applied a hood to an offender who then proceeded to try and spit on them anyway.

By Court Reporter
Monday, 7th June 2021, 8:05 am

Robert Swan (35) was told if there had been even the slightest chance of the spit landing on or near an officer he would have been heading for a prison sentence.

He appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner and attempting to spit on a police officer in Falkirk Police Station, West Bridge Street on March 21 last year.

Procurator fiscal depute Rebecca Reid said: “It was 11pm within the custody suit and the accused was being supervised by two police officers and made a homophobic remark towards one.

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Swan appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday after admitted threatening behaviour and attempting to spit on a police officer

"Shorty afterwards the accused was taken and given his rights as an arrested person. he then became aggressive and attempted to spit on a police officer.”

Fortunately police had applied a spit hoot to Swan and the only person he was able to spit on was himself.

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Murray Aitken, defence solicitor, said: “At the time he was wearing the hood, so it was a pointless exercise – the only person it would have landed on was him.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “If there had been any danger of it landing on anyone you would be going to prison – this was when lockdown was imposed. You do seem to have got yourself together.”

He placed Swan, 14 Castings Road, Falkirk, on a restriction of liberty order, meaning he has to stay in his home address between 7pm and 6am for the next 162 days.