Laurieston thug threw hoover at policeman before jumping out window

A thug launched a hoover at a policeman before trying to make a getaway from officers by jumping from a first floor window.

By Herald Reporter
Friday, 23rd October 2020, 4:45 pm

Jamie Macauley (27), 14 Spinkhill, Laurieston, made a run for it when police arrived at his home on March 17.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday, Macauley had pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer by throwing the hoover from a landing and striking the man on the head.

Procurator fiscal depute Sarah Smith said: “Police attended at the locus to execute an apprehension warrant for the now accused.

A policeman was hit on the head with a hoover thrown by Laurieston man Jamie Macauley. Picture: Michael Gillen.

“Upon arrival, police were met with hostile occupants who stated they didn’t know where the accused was and refused police entry.

“The accused, however, appeared. Officers managed to gain entry, at which time he ran upstairs.

“Police gave chase and as they were running after the accused on the stairway, he threw a hoover from the upstairs landing, directing it at police witnesses.

“The accused was thereafter traced a short distance away having jumped out the first floor window.”

Defence solicitor Stephen Biggam told the court his client had “mental health issues” and, although the officer wasn’t injured, that Macauley realised he “could’ve done some damage”.

The solicitor also told Sheriff Derek Livingston of how Macauley would be starting work with a new employer if he avoided imprisonment.

Addressing Macauley, Sheriff Livingston said: “It’s fortunate for yourself that you didn’t do any damage with this sort of behaviour.”

He was fined £600 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £40.

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