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Sex offender headbutts dock, hurls abuse at sheriff and brawls with security in Dundee court

A sex offender headbutted the dock, branded a sheriff a specky **** then brawled with court security officers when he was told he was going to prison. Kyle Leonard, 20, had been handed a community-based sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court after he admitted having sex with three underage girls but was arrested and hauled back to court last November facing further charges. Those charges ended up being dropped but he was locked up for breaching his earlier orders.

When Sheriff George Way then told him he was being remanded in custody to await further proceedings, Leonard flipped. Leonard appeared back in the same dock where he had lashed out at the lawman facing a threatening and abusive behaviour charge the second time he has been convicted of abusing a sheriff in identical circumstances. Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told the court: Sheriff Way decided to remand him in custody and the accused was clearly unhappy and began to shout and swear.

He shouted at the sheriff: Are you ******* joking you specky **** This is a ******* joke I m going to lose everything .

He was handcuffed to a G4S officer and was making his way to the stairs shouting: I don t ******* believe this .

Without warning he punched and headbutted the glass surrounding the dock.

Another G4S officer attended to assist and he was put to the ground to try to subdue him . Eventually he was restrained and taken to the cells.

Witnesses including the sheriff were shocked and alarmed at his actions. Leonard, a prisoner at Polmont, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Dundee Sheriff Court on November 23 last year.

Defence solicitor Douglas McConnell said Leonard is due to be released from jail on his earlier sentence later this month. He said: He has a tendency to lash out and he s been working on that whilst in custody. Sheriff Derek Reekie deferred sentence for three months for Leonard to be of good behaviour on his release from custody.

Leonard was last year convicted of hurling abuse at Sheriff Elizabeth Munro during a court appearance.

Security guard who saved the life of man at Aberdeen shopping centre hailed a hero

A man today said a security officer who saved his life will always be a hero to his family. Alan Tait was visiting Aberdeen from Orkney and was spending time in the Union Square shopping mall until it was time for the ferry home. The 50-year-old suddenly felt dizzy and dropped to the ground he had suffered a heart attack.

Security guard Shaun Gibb received a call to assist a shopper who had taken ill . He quickly realised what was happening and started to administer CPR. Due to his quick thinking Alan, whose heart stopped for five minutes, is making a full recovery

Alan, who was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, today praised Shaun for saving his life. He said: I am so grateful to him . He will always be a hero to my family .

When I woke up, I was being told by someone to lie still because I was trying to sit up.

I remember seeing someone opposite me looking rather flush as well.

I understand he d given me CPR . I believe I was dead for five minutes and was blue. Alan has been in hospital recovering since the incident on Sunday and was expected to go home today. He said: I cannot thank everyone who has helped me enough . The ambulance crew and staff at the hospital have been fantastic.

I had a stent put in and I am due to go home I will be glad to see my family.

Alan added: CPR training should be compulsory for everyone . It really makes the difference between life and death . If he had not been so quick and didn t know what I would not be here today . I will be forever grateful to him. Shaun had just arrived for his shift when a call came in to assist a colleague .

He added: When I arrived on the scene a shopper, Alan Tait, was on the ground and my colleague was on the phone to the ambulance I felt for a pulse and realised I needed to start CPR immediately.

Finally, Alan came round with a gasp of air and I explained what happened as he was quite confused I reassured him until the ambulance arrived.

It s great to have such a good outcome and I hope Alan makes a full recovery. Shaun also praised the rest of the staff at the city centre shopping centre. He said: I wouldn t say it was just me, the whole Union Square team was behind me.

Ryan Manson, general manager of Union Square, said: We are happy to hear the customer is on his way to recovering from the incident and commend our security team for their quick thinking, professionalism and unwavering motivation to care for our customers under any circumstance.

Our security team recently earned the British Security Industry Associations National Security Personnel Award for Best Team which without a doubt was well deserved.

Let s all learn skills to be real livesavers , Page 18

VIDEO: Little Mix concert security will have heavy police presence

Police will continually review security arrangements for Thursday s upcoming Little Mix concert up until the show begins, according to police chiefs. Armed police are expected throughout the city on the day of the concert, but Chief Inspector Nicola Russell said gig attendees should not be alarmed at the sight of officers with weapons. Ms Russell did not have a figure on the number of armed police which could be in attendance, and advised fans to arrive in plenty1 of time for the concert and to allow time for pick-up also.

Chief Inspector Nicola Russell, Dundee s Local Policing Area Commander.

Thursday s sell-out concert will see 11,000 music fans descend on Slessor Gardens and despite the poor weather forecast, expectations are high the show will be a success for the city. Although no figure has been finalised, the series of summer concerts which kicked off in May with reggae-rockers UB402 will bring in millions of pounds for the city s economy, according to city centre manager Sarah Craig. Extra security arrangements have been put in place as a result of the increased threat of terrorist related activity, with all bags being brought into the venue due to be searched.

Organisers have advised gig-goers to only bring a bag if it is really necessary, to help alleviate possible delays as a result of extra security searches.

Chief Inspector Nicola Russell, Dundee s Local Policing Area Commander, and Dundee City Council s City Centre Manager Sarah Craig.

Chief Inspector Russell said: Our security plans for this Thursday s concert are continually under review and will remain so until the concert takes place.

We will be taking into account factors including weather and traffic and we have a dedicated event team, with a dedicated event commander who will work closely with our security partners.

There are armed police in the city at the time of the event, but if you do see them do not be alarmed . They are their for your safety, and our prime objective will be to see people arrive at the concert safely and remain safe.

This is a massive event for the city and we want people to have a good time . We are here to look after people and make sure everyone remains safe.

If anyone has any worries or concerns, then I would say for them to approach officers on the day and make them aware.

There will be extra security throughout the event, including at the collection points, so make sure and give yourself extra time to reach the pick up points.

References

  1. ^ arrive in plenty (www.thecourier.co.uk)
  2. ^ reggae-rockers UB40 (www.thecourier.co.uk)