Sentencing delay for homophobic yob who targeted cops

A homophobic yob who targeted police with vile remarks has been sent back behind bars to await sentencing.

William Reynolds, 38, launched a foul-mouthed rant at cops after he was lifted for kicking off at a busy railway station.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard Reynolds was arrested for public disorder at Milliken Park Station, in Johnstone, when he turned hateful against police.

Milliken Park Train Station Johnstone
(Image: Paisley Daily Express)

He was under the influence of substances when he was stopped by cops for a drugs search on February 7, this year.

Prosecutor Victoria Keel told how the station was

busy with members of the public when police attended and took him into custody.

She said: “He was conveyed to the police office and throughout the journey the accused was continually abusive with a multitude of obscenities.

“Phrases like ‘You f****** scum bags,’ ‘You f****** rent boys,’ ‘You wee j***** pokers’ and ‘A pair of f****** wallopers’ and ‘Dirty wrong uns’.

“At the station he continued his abusive, aggressive and obstructive conduct and refused to answer any questions.”

He was so aggressive, cops applied restraints and fitted him with a spit hood, after he was seen trying to collect spit in his mouth.

On Friday Reynolds, of Cartside Avenue, Johnstone, appeared from custody for sentencing after pleading guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner in that he repeatedly shouted, swore, uttered homophobic remarks towards police officers, and attempted to gather saliva in his mouth.

He also admitted a charge of public disorder against police officers on a previous date, August 24, 2020, where he shouted, swore and behaved aggressively towards police officers.

Defence agent Bob Mitchell said his client had been held in custody since May this year on another matter.

He told the court Reynolds was about to stand trial for another alleged offence and he asked that the matter in Paisley be adjourned for that case to go ahead.

He said: “Unfortunately there is nothing anyone can do other than await the outcome of that matter.

“Mr Reynolds has been remanded in custody for that purpose.”

Sheriff Tom McCartney said he was prepared to adjourn sentencing and called for a background report in preparation for disposing of the case.

Reynolds will discover his fate when appears back at court on October 8.

Daily Record – Paisley