Tayside and Central Scotland

Tayside police officer faces assault trial

A police officer is to stand trial accused of assaulting a man with his baton while on duty, a court has heard.

PC Douglas Fisher is alleged to have assaulted Nawras Alwan during an incident in Dundee's South Road on 23 October last year.

The officer is alleged to have - while on duty - repeatedly struck him on the body with his police baton to his injury.

Sheriff Alistair Elizabeth Munro fixed a trial date of 13 December.

Mr Fisher, 39, whose address was given on court papers as care of Tayside Police HQ in Dundee, was in the dock at Dundee Sheriff Court for the first time to face the charge against him.

Baton use

His solicitor, Ross Donnelly, told the court that Fisher was pleading not guilty. He asked for trial dates to be postponed so that experts could be available to give evidence about the use of police batons.

Fiscal depute Emma Stewart said she had no objections to the motion.

Sheriff Munro also ordered PC Fisher to attend a pre-trial hearing in November.

A spokeswoman for Tayside Police said: "An officer is the subject of a report to the procurator fiscal following an allegation of assault.

"The officer has not been suspended from operational duty. It would be wrong to comment further whilst the legal process is ongoing."

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