THREE men have been sentenced for their parts in a disturbance at a flat in Dalmuir which saw a police officer repeatedly assaulted.

Phillip Smith, Colin Murray and Shaun McLafferty appeared in Dumbarton Sheriff Court last Friday for sentencing for the incident at a property in Pattison Street.

Smith had been found guilty of a charge of threatening or abusive behaviour following a trial on October 24, while Murray had pleaded guilty to the same charge.

McLafferty had previously admitted struggling violently with police officers in the course of the June 22 incident and assaulting one police constable by repeatedly kicking him on the body.

Sheriff John Hamilton told the trio: “This was quite a remarkable incident, and I’ve never had a proper explanation as to what was happening.

“It appears there was a significant drunken party which lasted more than a day; complaints were made about there being loud music and disorderly behaviour, and police attended to speak to you.

“They were met with a barrage of abuse, disrespect and threats from all three of you.”

“Mr Smith, you are the one who said ‘where’s that knife, one of youse is getting stabbed’.

“Mr Murray, you were shouting, swearing and challenging the police to fight, and unsurprisingly, you lost.

“Mr McLafferty, you decided to fight with police, resist arrest and assault a police officer.

“It’s inexplicable that in your mid-twenties, the three of you are behaving like teenagers.”

The sheriff revealed that Smith, of Canberra Avenue, Mountblow, had a previous conviction for assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and impairment; despite that offence, and was handed a punishment of 220 hours’ unpaid work within six months and placed under social work supervision for a year.

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Murray, of Ellinger Court in Dalmuir, was jailed for three months.

McLafferty, of Westwood Quadrant, Whitecrook, will be supervised for 12 months and must carry out 240 hours’ unpaid work. He must also stay within his home address from 7pm until 6am for four months.