Man pleads guilty to resisting arrest in Mallaig

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A man admitted to obstructing police officers in their duties at the Marine Hotel in Mallaig last year after appearing at Fort William Sheriff Court this week.

Gary Scott, 30, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest in the early hours of October 21, 2018, in that he obstructed or hindered two officers in their duties by tensing his body, lashing out with his legs, attempted to trip them and struggled with them.

The court heard on Tuesday February 26 that the two police officers were called to the Marine Hotel at 12.10am and arrested the accused who ‘immediately became aggressive’. Scott repeatedly swung his hands at them, lashed out with his arms and continued struggling before eventually being restrained.

Defence agent Catriona Rowantree said: ‘Scott accepts he became involved with the police and the incident has made his life more difficult as a result.’

Sheriff Eilidh MacDonald sentenced Scott to a community payback order which requires him to fulfill 63 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Scott also pleaded not guilty to two other charges relating to the same incident and will appear in court again at a later date.