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Inverness Sheriff Court hears that thief with drug problem deliberately coughed on police officers

By Ali Morrison

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The Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.
The Inverness Justice Centre. Picture: Gary Anthony.

A thief ripped off his face mask and coughed in the faces of police officers when they discovered him trying to dispose of a purse he had stolen from a nearby shop.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that 32-year-old Iain Main, of Gilbert Street, Inverness then said to the constables: “I have Covid. I hope you get it.”

Main admitted the theft of the purse and contents from the premises of Ben Wyvis Kilts in Church Street, Inverness, on July 20, this year. He also admitted police assault.

He was jailed for 10 months, backdated to July 21.

His defence advocate Neil Wilson said: “He knows this is a serious matter and a prison sentence is the only realistic option for the court.

“He has an intermittent drug problem and he went off the rails.

“It was an empty threat to the police which people are likely to take very seriously in these times. It is also worrying for them.”

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