Grangemouth offender 'treated' himself to Buckfast before assaulting two policewomen

An offender who assaulted two policewomen after kicking out while being arrested has been hit with a £450 fine.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 4:45 pm

David Young, 135 Kingseat Avenue, Grangemouth, lashed out as he was being placed in the back of a police van over a separate offence on March 21, 2019.

The officers were struck on the body by the rear door of their own vehicle during the incident, which took place near Young’s home.

When he was finally restrained, Young informed the police officer he had “treated” himself to a bottle of Buckfast prior to his violent outburst.

David Young, of Grangemouth, assaulted two officers when he booted the door of a police van. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The 29-year-old had been scheduled to appear at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, however, he failed to turn up.

In September, Sheriff James MacDonald had deferred sentence on Young for six months to see if he could be of good behaviour.

At that time, the court heard police received a call about a male causing a disturbance in Bowhouse Road, Grangemouth.

Speaking last Thursday, procurator fiscal depute Amy Sneddon said: “Police received a call regarding a disturbance and attended.

“Police were handcuffing the accused whilst he was being conveyed to the police vehicle and he was resisting and pushing against police.

“He thereafter kicked a cell door, causing it to swing out and strike two police witnesses. The accused was cautioned and charged.

“He stated, ‘I don’t drink Buckfast, I was treating myself’.”

Defence solicitor Gordon Addison told Sheriff Derek Livingston his client hadn’t shown up.

The solicitor added: “The report is very good. His mental health is improving.

“It’s an assault at the low end. He’s now got himself behaving and is on an order.

“He is profoundly deaf and has a number of disabilities.”

Mr Addison told Sheriff Livingston that Young is complying with homeless charity Cyrenians and social workers.

Sheriff Livingston responded: “He pleaded guilty at trial.

“I would have fined him £250 in respect of each charge. I will fine him £225 on each charge due to the time of his plea and will make him subject to a victim surcharge of £20.

“I will allow payment at £10 per week.”

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