Man threatened to blow up shop and eat police officers

Alexander Docherty has been jailed for 18 months following his behaviour in Glasgow's Govan earlier this year.

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A man who threatened to blow up a shop and told police officers he would eat them has been jailed for 18 months.

Alexander Docherty also spat on the face of an officer in Glasgow’s Govan in June this year.

The 28-year-old later stated he was a member of the English Defence League before racially abusing another officer.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court on Wednesday, Docherty pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

He also admitted the assault on one constable and behaving in a racially aggravated manner towards another.

The court heard a drunk Docherty was refused service at the One O One offsales by concerned employees.

Prosecutor Kathleen O’Donnell told the court Docherty began shouting and swearing at them, and threatened to blow up the shop.

A panic alarm was activated while Docherty fled the scene, before returning several times.

Docherty then picked up a bottle of wine and threw money at a shop assistant.

He stated: “You phone the police and tell them my name is Alexander Docherty.”

Officers later traced Docherty and arrested him.

Miss O’Donnell said: “Docherty told police ‘I’m going to beat you up and eat you’ and spat directly in the face of [the PC].

“This rendered him liable to illness or infection due to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Docherty was then held in custody where he hurled the racial abuse at the other constable.

Defence agent Mel Wise told the court Docherty was abusing alcohol at the time.

He added: “He recognises his conduct and especially the behaviour towards the officer he assaulted was reprehensible and disgusting.”

Sheriff Joan Kerr advised Docherty that there was no alternative to a custodial sentence.

She said: “These are serious matters and I am pleased you accept responsibility.

“You understand how distressing your behaviour would have been to the members of staff and the officers.

“Police should not be subjected to that type of behaviour while on duty.”

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