Aug 10 2011 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A THUG who was set to burgle an old woman’s home and who headbutted a police officer has been jailed.
Christopher Davies (20) of High Coats, Coatbridge, was spotted at the rear of a house in Bank Street, Airdrie, on June 27, 2009.
Two residents saw him acting suspiciously and contacted police.
Davies was seen crouching behind a plastic wheelie bin before standing on the bin and looking into the ground-floor property but before he could go any further he was arrested by police officers.
Davies also tried to head-butt an officer when he was being arrested for breaching a curfew on October 8, 2010 in High Coats. Although he was in the tower block at the time, he was not at his home address when officers called.
Davies appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court last Wednesday to be sentenced for these and a number of other offences.
In an incident on July 7 outside Scotmid in Forrest Street, the accused got into trouble again.
Depute fiscal Paul Reynolds said: “The police were contacted in relation to a matter which occurred at the locus and had cause to arrest him.
“During the course of being arrested, he said ‘f*** off’ and tried to headbutt an officer a number of times and pull away from officers.”
In the same incident, Davies was found to be in possession of cannabis.
Mr Reynolds also told of a large-scale disturbance in Airdrie town centre on July 17 last year where the accused was under the influence of alcohol and was “aggressive and abusive” towards police officers.
The fiscal added: “A short time later, in the early hours of the morning, he was seen banging and kicking at shop windows and kicking glass panels in doorways. He was shouting and swearing and threatening to kill them [the police].”
Roberto Manini, representing Davies, described his client as “softly spoken and respectful” but added that he is “clearly a different character when he has alcohol”.
Mr Manini said the accused’s family had noticed an improvement in his behaviour since he started going out with his girlfriend, who was in court to offer her support.
Sheriff Frank Pieri was asked to consider a community-based disposal but jailed Davies for six months and placed him on probation for 15 months.