Musician who assaulted officer at illegal rave jailed

Michael Akinpelu pushed a police officer at Glasgow’s Velvet Lounge.

A musician who assaulted a police officer while at an illegal rave attended by 150 people has been jailed for 16 months.

Michael Akinpelu squared up to PC Grant McPherson at Glasgow’s Velvet Lounge in August this year.

The 31-year-old pushed the officer before twisting back his thumb when police attended the nightclub in the city’s Laurieston.

Akinpelu was later arrested following a struggle and was found to have  a knife in his shoe when searched at a police station.

He pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to assault, obstructing police and possession of the knife.

The court heard officers attended the club at 3am amid claims someone had been injured.

Officers were initially unable to gain entry as the shutters had been rolled down.

Prosecutor Lauren McRobert told Sheriff Ian Fleming that officers eventually made their way in at 3.30am to find 150 revellers inside.

The crowd became hostile and attempted to flee the bar before Akinpelu approached the officers.

Ms McRobert said: “The accused pushed PC McPherson with both hands away from the door which allowed a number of people to exit.

“PC McPherson held out his hands to hold the accused back and told him to get back.

“The accused grabbed the officer’s left arm and twisted it and grabbed his right thumb and twisted it right back.”

Akinpelu was held back by members of the public and officers later attempted to arrest him.

The attacker tensed his arms and refused to let the officers handcuff him.

David McBride, defending, told the court Akinpelu claimed to have taken the knife from an unknown person at the bar.

He added: “Mr Akinpelu is a musician and the group were in Glasgow that weekend making a music video.

“He was due to return to London by bus in the early hours of the morning, but with the video complete they were asked to attend the nightclub.

“He accepts there is no excuse for this behaviour and conduct towards the police.”

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