Feb 8 2012 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A THUG who assaulted police officers and a bowling alley security guard has been jailed for eight months.
Cops were called to Hollywood Bowl at the Showcase Leisure Centre in Bargeddie after receiving a call informing them that a man had repeatedly slapped the guard.
Colin Aitken (30) of Aberfeldy Street in Glasgow, carried out the attack on August 12 last year.
When police officers arrived and attempted to apprehend Aitken, the officers were subjected to homophobic remarks and kicked and spat at.
Procurator fiscal depute Neil Martin told the court: “It was 7.05pm and the witness was working as a security guard at Hollywood Bowl when he was approached by the accused and asked to phone him a taxi.
“The accused then went into the reception and became agitated and again demanded a taxi.
“He was warned about his behaviour and then struck the guard to his right cheek. He repeated this on several occasions.”
Police attended and while he was being cautioned he made a homophobic remark, saying: “Show me the evidence, you wee p**f.”
Aitken then began to lash out and spat at one of the officers.
He kicked the other on the body and the head while he was on the ground.
He then shouted: “Get your p**fy hands off me you wee pr***. Tell him to get his p**fy wee hands off me.”
The court also heard that when Aitken was placed in the police vehicle, he told one of the officers that he was a “pussy” because he had to wear body armour.
Aitken’s solicitor asked the sheriff to consider an alternative to custody.
He told the court: “He had been drinking to excess. It was a Friday and he had been drinking since 1pm. His recollection of events is not clear.
“He describes himself as a binge drinker.
“He appreciates that custody is a realistic option in this matter but I would suggest that in his case custody could be avoided.”
However, Sheriff Robert Dickson disagreed. Before sentencing Aitken to the jail term, he told him: “There is no justification for slapping someone who is acting as a steward for the public, there is no place for homophobic remarks and there is no justification for assaulting police officers by spitting at them or kicking them on the head and body. You committed these acts while on bail.”