South Scotland

Jail term for man who threatened to eat police officer

Galashiels Police Station
Image caption The offence took place at Galashiels Police Station last June

A man who threatened to eat a police officer has been jailed for 15 months.

Patrick Wallace, 40, admitted committing the offence at Galashiels Police Station last June.

Selkirk Sheriff Court heard how he made the threat after being arrested and also claimed he had broken the jaws of three other constables.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said they were "empty threats" and that Wallace had been on a nine-hour drinking session and it had been the alcohol talking.

The court heard Wallace had only recently been released early from a prison term when he was arrested after an incident in a public house in Galashiels.

He later became aggressive and made the threats towards officers in the cells at Galashiels Police Station.

Fiona Caldwell, prosecuting, described how Wallace told one officer he would eat him and boasted that he had broken the jaws of three police officers.

Previous convictions

He also claimed he had served 14 years for murder.

During a police interview he knocked a cup of water across the room and he had to be returned to his cell and locked up.

Wallace, who is serving a prison sentence on another matter but whose last known address was in Innerleithen, admitted a charge of assault by threats.

A not guilty plea to assaulting a man to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement in Galashiels High Street was accepted by the Crown.

On jailing Wallace, Sheriff Valerie Johnstone highlighted he had been making threats to police officers after being released early from a 10-month prison sentence and that he had previous convictions for violence.

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