Court: Rothesay police-assault man jailed for ten months

Rothesay resident Steven McAllister was jailed for ten months at the final sitting of the town's sheriff court, at Eaglesham House on Monday, November 18.

Rothesay resident Steven McAllister was jailed for ten months at the final sitting of the town's sheriff court, at Eaglesham House on Monday, November 18.

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A Rothesay man who bit two police officers as they tried to restrain his drunken outbursts was jailed for ten months at the town’s sheriff court this week.

Steven McAllister (23), address given as 25 Longhill Terrace, pleaded guilty to six charges when he appeared from custody at the court’s final sitting on Monday.

All were committed on October 20 and involved three breaches of the peace - one of banging on a neighbour’s window, one of making homophobic comments and one of making comments of a sectarian nature - and one count of threatening or abusive behaviour, in addition to the two counts of police assault, one of them at Longhill Terrace as he was being arrested and one as he was being put in a cell at Rothesay police office.

Laurie Houston, defending, said McAllister’s recollection of the events - which occurred at 9.20am - was “virtually nil” as he had been drinking beforehand.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson backdated McAllister’s jail term to October 20, when he was remanded in custody after an initial court appearance following his arrest.

* Christopher Cameron (24), address given as 495B Old Shettleston Road, Glasgow, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of threatening or abusive behaviour committed at a house in High Street in Rothesay on September 28; sentence was deferred until December 23 at Greenock for the case to be dealt with alongside other matters.

* Gavin McLean (24), address given as 6F Dewar Avenue, Rothesay, pleaded guilty on Monday to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by engaging in a stand-up fight in Guildford Square on August 24. Sentence was deferred for six months for good behaviour.

* Henry Penman (27), address given as 14 Bishop Street, Rothesay, pleaded guilty on Monday to sending a text message to his partner which was “grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character, in that it contained threatening or abusive language”.

The offence was committed at an address in Bishop Terrace Brace on Saturday, November 16; Penman was told to be of good behaviour for the next six months.

* George Smart (46), address given as Flat 1/2, 1 Russell Street, Rothesay, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of making “inappropriate comments of a sexual nature” and “threats of a sexual nature towards police officers and their families” in the early hours of November 16.

Sentence was deferred until November 27 to await investigations into the progress of a community payback order imposed on Smart for a previous offence.