Tayside and Central Scotland

Man 'threatened to set dog on police officers'

Dundee Sheriff Court
Image caption The trial will be held at Dundee Sheriff Court in April

A man is to stand trial accused of "instructing his dog to attack" two police officers and threatening to kill them.

Paul McRorie faces a series of charges over an alleged incident at his home in Brechin on 15 April last year.

Mr McRorie, 41, denies two charges of assault, two of threatening and abusive behaviour and one of resisting arrest.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael continued the case to a trial date in April at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Mr McRorie is alleged to have assaulted a police officer by spitting at his head in the knowledge that he was a carrier of Hepatitis C.

He is then alleged to have obstructed or hindered the officer and three colleagues by struggling violently with them, lashing out with his arms and legs and attempting to throw stones at them.

Prosecutors say Mr McRorie then instructed a dog to attack two of the police officers before threatening to kill them.

The following day at Arbroath police station, Mr McRorie is alleged to have behaved in a threatening or abusive manner and shouted derogatory remarks at a police officer.

Defence solicitor John Boyle said: "He pleads not guilty to the charges.

"Certain evidence can be agreed in this case."

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