Police officer Ross Knowles fined over 'kiss assault'

A Strathclyde Police officer has been fined £250 after assaulting a colleague on a work night out in Glasgow.

Ross Knowles, 40, admitted kissing Nicola Ferris on the lips without her consent before hitting her on the head to her injury.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the incident took place at O'Neill's bar in the Merchant City in July 2010.

Knowles, who works in the force's mounted branch, will also face internal procedures in relation to the incident.

The court heard that Knowles had been indulging in "horseplay" with Ms Ferris at the bar during their night of drinking.

Reduced fine

When Ms Ferris found it annoying, Knowles then said the pair should "have a wee kiss and make up".

He then leaned over the table and kissed Ms Ferris on the mouth.

It was heard that the married officer then hit his colleague on the head with his right hand.

Sheriff Gillian Bryson fined Knowles £250, reduced from £300 after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

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