Polmont YOI inmate hit staff with pool cue

An offender who attacked inmates and staff with a pool cue and pool balls in Polmont Young Offenders Institution asked a sheriff to sentence him without the benefit of background reports.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 9:14 am

Patrick Marshall (20) was said to be at odds with his social worker and wanted to go ahead with his sentencing without a criminal justice social work report being carried out.

Marshall appeared via video link at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday having pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of staff at Polmont YOI, striking him on the body with a pool cue and breach of the peace, throwing pool balls, a pool cue and other objects at staff and inmates on October 16. 2018.

He also admitted another breach of the peace at the YOI on December 10, 2018.

Marshall attacked inmates and staff with a pool cue and pool balls at Polmont Young Offenders Institution

The court heard Marshall, who is serving a custodial sentence and will not be released until 2025, had instructed his solicitor to ask Sheriff Christopher Shead to deal with the matter without a criminal justice social work report.

It was stated he did not “get on” with his social worker and that was the reason for his lack of cooperation during appointments to compile the report.

Sheriff Shead said: “The court needs a report, whether with his participation or not. It’s a very interesting position to adopt – I could find him in contempt, so I would not take his instructions as final.”

Sentence was deferred on Marshall, whose address was listed as Polmont YOI, until May 13 for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report.