Galashiels man put on curfew for spitting in face of off-duty police officer

Selkirk Sheriff Court.
Selkirk Sheriff Court.

A man has been placed on a night-time home curfew for the next 11 months for spitting in the face of an off-duty police officer during a bust-up in the street.

Dean Brown, 23, pleaded guilty to carrying out that assault in a residential area of Galashiels last month.

Selkirk Sheriff Court was told that an off-duty female police officer was trying to fit a car seat at the back of her vehicle and had left the rear door open onto a pavement.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser said the accused was heading along the street and walked into the open door, causing him to start swearing.

The woman then got out of the car and Brown made a comment to her.

Mr Fraser said that the incident was witnessed by the woman’s husband, also a police officer, and he came out of his home to intervene.

He said: “Brown was complaining about the door being open and then said to the police officer ‘I know your face. You’re a f****** copper. Give me your badge number’.

“He then grabbed him by the throat and spat directly into his face.

“A struggle then ensued between the two of them on the ground, and the wife telephoned 999.”

The police officer held onto Brown until assistance arrived.

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said his client suffered significant injuries during the incident and had come off worst.

He added that Brown had been making efforts to turn his life around after getting into trouble in his early days and was now holding down a full-time job.

Sheriff Peter Paterson told him: “An offence of this kind amply justifies a prison sentence.” However, he told Brown he was willing to give him a last chance and put him on curfew at his Galashiels home between 7pm and 7am for the next 11 months, with the start time put back to 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.