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Inverness man spat at police officers in two separate incidents and threatened to slit the throat of one of them


By Ali Morrison

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Inverness Justice Centre.
Inverness Justice Centre.

Police were spat at by an Inverness man in two separate incidents.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that officers were called to a domestic disturbance in Glendoe Terrace on August 17, 2020 but were told that Benjamin Clark (23) had ran from the scene into nearby Carsegate Road South.

Fiscal depute Martina Eastwood told Sheriff Margaret Neilson that after a search, Clark, now of MacGillivray Court, was found hiding under a car.

He then swore at the constables, acted aggressively towards them and after being arrested, threatened to slit the throat of one.

Ms Eastwood said that in Burnett Road Police Station, Clark spat at an officer which made contact with his leg.

The prosecutor then told the court of an incident on October 7, 2020 in Barn Church Road, where Clark assaulted Colin Sanders, who had previously been in Clark’s house.

Initially the fight was broken up but restarted and as police arrived, officers saw Clark swinging punches at Mr Sanders.

Clark was arrested and as he was being routinely searched, he kicked one officer on the knee.

“Then as he was being placed in the back of the police van, he resisted and wouldn’t allow the door to be closed,” Ms Eastwood went on.

“He spat at the officers but it didn’t hit anyone.”

Defence solicitor Duncan Henderson said he and his client recognised a jail sentence would be uppermost in the court’s mind but asked for a drug treatment and testing order assessment for Clark.

Sheriff Neilson commented: “He has already had one.”

But she agreed to defer sentence until February 7 and allowed Clark’s bail to continue.

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