HMYOI Polmont inmate spat on and assaulted security guards at Larbert hospital

A prisoner kicked off after taking an unknown substance and repeatedly spat on and assaulted guards while in hospital.

Roland Tokar (18) also tried to throw a drip stand at a man as he flipped out at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday, Tokar, whose address was given as HMYOI Polmont, had pled guilty to assaulting one man by seizing his clothing, trying to throw a drip stand, spitting on his head and repeatedly attempting to punch and kick him on June 19, 2019. He attacked another man by trying to kick and punch him on the body and spitting on his head.

The teen also assaulted a woman by repeatedly attempting to kick and punch her on the body and spit on her head. Tokar committed the offences when he was on bail.

Falkirk Sheriff Court heard Tokar told HMYOI staff he’d consumed Valium, however, the type of substance has not been confirmed.

He was then taken to hospital, where police were later called.

Prior to officers arriving, Tokar had to be double-handcuffed to two security guards.

Procurator fiscal depute Rebecca Scott said: “The accused has then further lashed out with his hands and feet.

“At this point he managed to get out of the bed which resulted in all three witnesses having to restrain him on the floor. This was a prolonged period of aggression lasting about ten minutes.

“After this, the witnesses were able to get the accused back into bed but his spitting had been so bad all three had required to wear spit visors to protect themselves.”

His defence solicitor said Tokar has “no recollection” of the incident but “clearly was under the influence of substances at the time”.

The solicitor added: “He has no excuse for his behaviour, behaviour which he has never presented before.”

The court was told Tokar has been engaging with addiction services as part of an order imposed for a separate offence. He was placed under a nine-month, 7pm-7am restriction of liberty order.