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Man high on ‘legal’ drugs jailed after attacking Dundee police officers

Man high on ‘legal’ drugs jailed after attacking Dundee police officers

A man high on so-called “legal” drugs caused a breach of the peace and assaulted two police officers at Ninewells Hospital.

Ronald Kinmond, 44, of Barnes Avenue in Dundee, has been jailed after admitting the offences.

Kinmond pled guilty to, on April 24, being found in the curtilage of a tenement building on Broughty Ferry Road in circumstances whereby it might be inferred he intended to commit theft there.

He also admitted that on the same date at the accident and emergency department in Ninewells Hospital, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm, acted in an aggressive manner, shouted and swore and repeatedly uttered threats to police officers and refused to desist.

He further admitted that on the same date and at the same place, he assaulted PCs Andrew McQuade and Alan Hunter and attempted to spit on them.

Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told the court Kinmond was in the rear garden of the property at Broughty Ferry Road at 7pm.

She said a resident entered the garden and saw several items on the ground and other items that did not belong there. A door to one of the outbuildings was open, she said, and items had been rummaged through.

“The occupier called police and her partner arrived home and a further search of the outbuildings revealed the accused sitting slouched over in the garden shed, heavily under the influence of some substance.

“He said he was looking for bike parts,” she said and was very unsteady on his feet.

She said he was taken to police HQ where he was assessed by a nurse and taken to Ninewells Hospital by police, where he became increasingly aggressive towards the officers.

“He attempted to punch and head-butt them,” she said, “and spat towards them and threatened to bite their noses off.”

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty told the court Kinmond was “utterly ashamed of himself.”

He said he had been in the company of other people who suggested he take some legal highs and his recollection after that was virtually nil.

Of being in the garden shed at Broughty Ferry Road, he said, Kinmond thought he was back home at Barnes Avenue as the buildings are similar and had gone into the shed looking for parts for a mountain bike he had bought.

“He apologises profusely,” he said.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC told Kinmond no sentence other than a custodial one was appropriate.

She ordered him to be returned to prison for the unexpired portion of a previous sentence of 82 days.

She also jailed him for 240 days.

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