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A 23-YEAR-OLD Inverness man who spat twice at police in two separate incidents, in August and October 2020, has been jailed for a year

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Court. Inverness Justice Centre nigfht locator. Picture: Gary Anthony.
Court. Inverness Justice Centre nigfht locator. Picture: Gary Anthony.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard officers were called to a domestic disturbance in Glendoe Terrace on August 17 but were told Benjamin Clark had run into nearby Carsegate Road South.

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

He swore at officers, acted aggressively 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, making contact with his leg.

The court heard of a second incident, on October 7 in Barn Church Road, Smithton, where Clark assaulted a man who had previously been in his house.

Initially the fight was broken up but restarted and, as police arrived, officers saw Clark swinging punches at the man. He was arrested and, while being searched, 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. He spat at the officers but it didn’t hit anyone,” Ms Eastwood said.

Solicitor Duncan Henderson said: “At the root of this are other people who take advantage of him and matters get out of hand.”

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