Lanarkshire yob who punched man trying to help him jailed for 12 months

A yob punched a good Samaritan who had called an ambulance after finding him lying in a Strathaven park at midnight.

Andrew McStravock mistakenly thought someone had branded him a smackhead, Hamilton Sheriff Court heard this week.

After being arrested he spat at a police officer, made threats and shouted racist abuse at another officer.

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McStravock, 23, a prisoner, admitted charges of assault and racially-aggravated behaviour, as well as breaching a bail curfew.

The court heard a couple were returning from a night at the cinema late on July 9 when they came across him lying on the grass in Strathaven’s Common Green.

McStravock appeared to be intoxicated and the worried couple called for an ambulance.

Abby Seal, prosecuting, said: “The accused appeared to think the witness had called him a smackhead.

“He stood up, punched him on the face and fell to the ground again.”

McStravock was taken to Motherwell police station where he tried to spit on an officer and warned ‘I’ll slit your throats. I know where you all stay’.

He also subjected an officer to racist abuse.

Defence agent Stephen Dryden said dad of one McStravock wished to apologise to all concerned.

The lawyer stated: “He has a difficulty with alcohol that was exacerbated after he was stabbed last year.

“He has been engaging with mental health services due to PTSD arising from that attack.”

McStravock appeared at the High Court in September this year where he was cleared of an attempted murder charge.

However, he was handed a 19-month prison term for carrying a blade and threatening or abusive behaviour.

Sheriff Ray Small jailed him for another 12 months, to run from the end of his current sentence.

The sheriff told him: “You assaulted a good Samaritan who was looking after you until an ambulance arrived.

“You also spat at a police officer and that is particularly serious in these COVID times.”

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