Man jailed after hitting a police officer in the face with a drink

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A 19-year-old man has been jailed for a total of eight months for carrying out a number of offences, including hitting a police officer in the face with a drink.

Leigh Marshall, of no fixed abode, also admitted pushing a shopkeeper and being in possession of cannabis.

He was sentenced at Oban Sheriff Court on Wednesday September 11, where procurator fiscal Eoin McGinty said Marshall was approached by police on June 22, 2019, as he was ‘clearly under the influence’.

‘He was told to go on his way, but as he walked away, he raised his middle finger and shouted at the officers,’ Mr McGinty added.

‘As they approached him, the accused turned round and threw a plastic cup, with ice and drink, and hit him on the face with it.’

The following day, the accused’s was spotted acting suspiciously in an Oban store before entering a changing room.

‘One witness noted security tags lying on the floor,’ Mr McGinty said. ‘She opened the curtain and found the accused placing items into a carrier bag. He stood up and shoved her, causing her to fall back into a display stand.’

The accused then left, leaving the items, but was identified by police using CCTV.

When they attended at his address they noted evidence of drug use. They searched the accused and found 6.1 grams of cannabis. After searching his property, a further 28 grams was found.

In his defence, solicitor Edward Thornton said his client had a serious addiction to Valium, but is now drug free and wishes nothing further to do with the drug.

He said he dealt the cannabis on a low-key basis to make enough to sustain his Valium addiction.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said there was no alternative to custody due to Marshall’s lack of address.

He was sentenced to two months for throwing a drink at a police officer, four months for assaulting the shopkeeper and two months for being in possession of cannabis. The sentences will run consecutively.

His sentence will be backdated to July 26.