Care home OAP attacked police in damage row

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A PENSIONER repeatedly punched a policewoman on the head and attacked her colleague after being accused of causing damage to a care home, a court has heard.

Ian McIntyre, 74, hobbled on crutches into Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday to own up to the attacks.

Fiscal depute Graham McLachlan told the court that police were called to sheltered accommodation for elderly residents at Dean Court, Bo’ness by staff worried about an aggressive resident.

He said staff approached Mr McIntyre after “it had been suggested that he was responsible for some water damage to the home.”

He added: “He became very aggressive and told staff to f*** off .”

When police arrived, however, McIntyre apparently “seemed quite calm”, but then he attacked Pc Louise Dickson by pushing her and causing her to fall against a wall. The fiscal added: “He also punched another officer repeatedly. He was not for going quietly.”

McIntyre pleaded guilty to causing a breach of the peace on September 5 last year by shouting, swearing and acting in an aggressive manner to care staff Noreen Walton and Craig Meek.

He also admitted assaulting Pc Dickson by causing her to injure herself when falling against a wall, and attacking Pc Carolyn Ritchie by punching her on the head repeatedly to her injury.

A charge of attacking another officer, Pc Ian Ross, by trying to bite him and repeatedly trying to strike him with a crutch, was dropped by the prosecution.

Mr McLachlan said that neither officer needed medical treatment after the attack by the OAP, a first offender.

Defence solicitor Andy Bryson told the court that McIntyre was now a resident in Oakbank nursing home, Polmont.

He said: “He found himself in a situation that was escalating and he reacted badly to it.”

He asked Sheriff Craig Caldwell to deal with the pensioner, but the sheriff called for background before sentence next month, adding: “There may be some underlying reason for this behaviour.