Jailed after breaking PC’s nose in scuffle

A thug who fractured a police officer’s nose during a wild rampage has been jailed for eight months.

Declan Johnston, of Bo’ness, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court after admitting attacking the policeman and knocking a female officer to the ground.

The 20-year-old also admitted throwing a metal pole at a police vehicle and shouting and swearing threats and sectarian comments during the outburst on January 31.

Procurator fiscal depute Claire Smith told the court that Johnston caused a disturbance in his garden at 11pm that night.

She said: “When police arrived, he was shouting and swearing. He picked up a metal pole and threw it towards the police vehicle.

“He made off to the back garden and was pursued.”

The fiscal told the court that Johnston had to be pinned to the ground so officers could handcuff him.

Ms Smith said: “He struck the police officer on the face twice and was still struggling. Additional assistance had to be obtained.”

The court heard that an ambulance was called for the constable Johnston had assaulted.

“He had a suspected broken nose,” the fiscal added.

“He threatened two officers saying he would cut their heads off and said, ‘Up the IRA’.”

Andy Bryson, defending, told the court: “He has a very vague recollection of this incident.

“He has no explanation of why he was in the garden and no explanation of why he acted in the way he did.

“He does know this is unacceptable and knows how serious it is. He puts it down to the very many substances he had taken that night.”

Sheriff Craig Caldwell told Johnston, of 13 Deanfield Drive: “This is an extremely serious offence. It involved a serious assault on a police officer where you fractured his nose.”

Johnston burst into singing “We’ll Be Coming Down the Road” as he was led to custody.