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Man who launched verbal tirade in Moray hospital waiting room spared jail

Billy Henderson leaving Elgin Sheriff Court.
Billy Henderson leaving Elgin Sheriff Court.

A Moray man who launched an abusive tirade against medical staff and police has been spared a prison sentence.

Officers arrested Billy Henderson at the Muckle Cross bar on Elgin’s High Street after he repeatedly shouted and swore at them on December 27 last year.

Instead of taking him directly to custody, police took the 24-year-old to Dr Gray’s Hospital due to concerns about an injury to his eye.

However, once there he turned his aggression towards the medical staff who were trying to help him by continuing to use abusive language.

Yesterday he appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court for sentence after pleading guilty to two charges of assaulting police officers, resisting, obstructing or hindering police officers and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

Fiscal depute Kevin Corrins said: “There were young children and families in the A&E waiting area at the time. However his behaviour continued and he indicated to officers that he would kill them. He also made derogatory comments about their mothers.”

Defence solicitor Matthew O’Neill said: “During the evening he consumed far too much alcohol and his behaviour deteriorated. He wishes to apologise to those who were inconvenienced as a result of his actions.”

Henderson was also sentenced for failing to tell police who was driving his car after it collided with a bridge at Bridge Hill Head in Birnie on April 2.

He was also sentenced for two charges of being concerned in the supply of drugs after officers found him with £490 worth of cannabis resin and £198 worth of diazepam at Elgin Bus Station on January 21 last year.

Henderson, of Langstane Place, New Elgin, was put on a year-long supervision order and told to carry out 290 hours of unpaid work.

He was also fined £500 and had six penalty points added to his driving licence.

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