Paisley man turned on cops who tried to help him after 999 calls

Paisley Sheriff Court
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A Paisley man who dropped two 999 calls and was then abusive to cops who turned up to help him has been told to be of good behaviour.

Robert Settul was traced in Paisley’s County Square on December 12 last year after police received the 999 calls.

Settul, of Sandholes Street in the town, became “immediately aggressive” when he saw the cops and told them to “shut their f*****g mouths”.

The 45-year-old also attempted to resist arrest by tensing and pulling his arms away when cops tried to put handcuffs on him.

The procurator fiscal depute told Paisley Sheriff Court: “Around 3.10am on December 12, 2023, police received two dropped 999 calls from County Square in Paisley.

“PCs Kane and Ramirez attended and traced the accused and approached him. He immediately became aggressive and began shouting and swearing at the officers. The accused was informed to step back and calm down but he refused to do so.

“One of the officers placed their hand on the accused’s chest and he shouted, ‘Don’t put your f*****g hands on me. Shut your f*****g mouth you c**t’.

“The officer attempted to place the accused in handcuffs but he resisted and knocked off the officer’s radio. He struggled with them and tensed his arms to prevent the cuffs from being applied.

“He was eventually taken to the prone position and then to a police vehicle while he continued to shout and swear. Settul was taken to the station where he was processed in the usual manner.

“CCTV captured the whole incident; and I should mention, for what it’s worth, PC Kane has seen the accused in the street since the incident and they’ve advised the accused was apologetic.”

Defence agent Ruth Wallace told the town’s court Settul has been in residential rehabilitation for the last three-and-a-half months.

She added: “He is based at a centre in the Scottish Borders and has attended with his support worker who has advised he is engaging well with the programme. It is his intention to stay there as long as possible. It is an 11-month programme and can be extended to 18 months.

“He is there for his alcohol and substance misuse as he is a man who has struggled with addiction issues and his record is a result of that. Despite that, there is an eight-year gap in offending on his record so that shows he can behave and can live a pro-social life.”

Sheriff Duffy deferred sentence for Settul to be of good behaviour and stated: “I can see you have quite a substantial gap in your offending and that you’re in a residential facility where it is pleasing to see you’re making good progress with that.”

Sentence was deferred for good behaviour and to call alongside another matter on September 12.

Settul’s bail was continued meantime.

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