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INVERNESS SHERIFF COURT: Police officer was spat on after Yummy takeaway and Tesco supermarket disturbance

By Ali Morrison

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The Inverness Justice Centre.
The Inverness Justice Centre.

A DISTURBANCE at a Chinese takeaway and a nearby supermarket led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Inverness man.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Stephen Dick, of Mackintosh Road, had been drinking before he went into the Yummy carry-out restaurant in Tomnahurich Street and demanded food.

But Dick told staff he didn’t have money to pay for it and he was ejected on the night of March 29, this year by the manager and the delivery driver.

However, Dick then made his way to the Tesco store a few hundred yards away and caused another disturbance.

Police had been called for the earlier incident and went to the supermarket to arrest Dick.

Fiscal depute Susan Love said: “As the officers tried to handcuff him, he spat at one of them and it landed on his jacket.

“Dick was shouting and swearing and after he was placed in the police van,

he repeatedly banged his head off the wall.”

Dick admitted a charge of assault while he was still on bail, threatening or abusive behaviour and a breach of bail.

Defence solicitor Marc Dickson said: “He has been on the social work radar for some time and there have been concerns about his mental health.

“During his time on remand in Polmont, he has been under the care of its psychiatrist and has been prescribed medication.”

Sentence was deferred until September 5 for a background report and a restriction of liberty order assessment. Dick was again remanded in custody.

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