“Anyone who assaults a police officer should appear in court on the next lawful day – and those sentencing need to explain why imprisonment is not used if alternative disposals are applied.”
Glasgow man Edward Bayne fined for violent assault on police constables
Edward Bayne, 51, pinned a male PC against a car and attempted to headbutt him. He also landed on top of a female PC, causing her to smack her head against a lamppost and cut her elbow. In addition, he kicked and punched out, and repeatedly attempted to bite the officers.
Bayne, of Montford Avenue, was fined £600 and given 28 days to pay.
Following the conclusion of the case, Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “Police officers go to work on a daily basis to serve and protect the public regardless of the dangers they may have to face whilst doing so.
“It is completely unacceptable for individuals to attack them whilst they are simply doing their job.
“The sentences passed don’t act as a deterrent. We are not calling for mandatory sentences but we need to ask if an assault on a police officer does not merit a custodial sentence – what does?
“I am absolutely appalled that the accused in this case, Edward Bayne, was effectively given nothing more than a fine for viciously assaulting two police officers.
“Anyone who assaults a police officer should appear in court on the next lawful day and those sentencing need to explain why imprisonment is not used if alternative disposals are applied.”
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