Tayside and Central Scotland

Police officer faces 11 assault and breach of peace charges

A police officer is to stand trial accused of 11 assaults and breaches of the peace while on duty.

Russell Gillespie, 42, is alleged to have carried out a series of attacks while working with Tayside Police in Dundee, Perth and Angus.

One of the charges claims that Gillespie repeatedly struck a man on the head with a baton. He is also accused of kicking a man in the groin.

Gillespie denies all 11 charges and will stand trial later this month.

The alleged offences are said to have started with a breach of the peace on 10 November 2009 at Police HQ in Dundee and continue through to an assault in September 2011.

Other charges include punching a man on the body and applying excessive force with the handcuffs which were being used to restrain him.

Gillespie, whose address was given in court as care of the Police Service of Scotland, is also accused of assaulting a man by punching him on the head while inside a parked police car.

Two further charges allege that he seized a man by the neck, and placed his foot on another man's neck before punching his head.

The case was continued at Dundee Sheriff Court.

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