Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Perth bakery thief said he abused police because they taunted him about his weight

Barry McQuaid.
Barry McQuaid.

A thief who robbed a cake shop claimed he hurled abuse at police officers because they were taunting him for being overweight.

Barry McQuaid said he lashed out at the officers because when they came to arrest him they were calling him a “fat b*****d”.

The 33-year-old stole a Poppy Appeal charity tin from Baynes Bakery after blagging a free cup of coffee from the unsuspecting staff.

Solicitor Pauline Cullerton told Perth Sheriff Court: “He felt aggrieved at being stopped by the police.

“The police were calling him names and he retaliated and acted in the manner to which he has pleaded guilty.”

“That’s because they were shouting at me,” McQuaid told the court. “They were calling me a fat b*****d.”

Depute fiscal Matthew Kerr said: “The accused attended at 6.10am and stated he wanted a free cup of coffee as he was due one but didn’t have his loyalty card.

“When they opened the shop the staff had noticed there was a Poppy Appeal charity tin sitting on the counter near the window.

“The staff member turned her back to the counter to make the coffee. She handed it to the accused and he left.”

The tin was noted missing when the next customer volunteered to put his change in it. A member of the public reported seeing the empty tin in a wheelie bin the following morning.

The police were given a description of the culprit and spotted him two days later, so they stopped and searched him in the Letham area of Perth.

“He was handcuffed,” Mr Kerr said, “at which point he started acting aggressively and was swearing at the police. He was arrested and taken to Perth Police Station.”

McQuaid, of Princes Street, Perth, admitted stealing around £40 in charity cash from the bakery on Rannoch Road, Perth, on October 23 last year.

He also admitted that three days later in the city’s Campsie Road he acted in a threatening or abusive manner towards police officers.

Mrs Cullerton said: “He has no other matters outstanding since this offence. He was under the influence of Valium at the time of committing the theft.”

Sheriff William Wood, who has a military background, said: “I have had to put aside some personal views in relation to the fact it’s the poppy tin you stole.

“I have given some serious thought to whether a jail sentence is most appropriate. Clearly stealing any charity tin is despicable conduct.”

McQuaid had sentence deferred for six months.

Already a subscriber? Sign in