Court: Police attacked by man at Rothesay flat

At Rothesay Sheriff Court on November 4, Thomas Pollock pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and assaulting a police officer.
At Rothesay Sheriff Court on November 4, Thomas Pollock pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and assaulting a police officer.

A Rothesay man who tried to assault police officers who traced an anonymous 999 call to his flat in the town admitted two charges at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

Forty-five year-old Thomas Pollock pleaded guilty to attempting to headbutt one of two officers who called at his flat at 2/2, 6 Hillhouse Road, on June 18 this year.

The police officers were tasked to investigate a ‘dropped’ 999 call, which had been traced to Pollock’s home and had claimed there was a paedophile ring active in Rothesay.

Fiscal depute Lindy Scaife told the court Pollock had become increasingly aggressive while the officers were at his flat, and that they had found it hard to understand what he was saying.

While they were speaking to Pollock he lunged at and punched a wall and head-butted the flat’s front door, before trying to headbutt one of the officers as they took him out of the close door.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson decided to defer sentence for a background report before hearing a plea in mitigation from Pollock’s solicitor, Robert Dundas.

* David Whitelaw (28), address given as 51 Castle Street, Port Bannatyne, pleaded guilty in court on Monday to a charge of assaulting a man in Rothesay by pushing him on the body and punching him on the head.

Lindy Scaife, prosecuting, told the court Whitelaw had seen the man “engaged in horseplay” with Whitelaw’s partner immediately before the incident, which occurred in West Princes Street in the early hours of September 22.

Whitelaw, who appeared without legal representation, told the court: “I sincerely apologise. My actions weren’t appropriate and I’m really disappointed with myself.”

Whitelaw was fined £150 and ordered to pay his victim, who suffered damage to his teeth which required numerous visits to a dentist, compensation of £250.

* Steven Webster (29), address given as 36 Craigmore Road, was admonished and dismissed on Monday after pleading guilty by letter to possession of a small quantity of cannabis resin.

The drug, weighing 0.5 grams and worth around £5, was found during a search of Webster’s car after he was stopped by police on a separate matter at Wester Kames near Port Bannatyne on July 3.