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Eric Joyce court case continued 'due to holiday'

Eric Joyce
Image caption Eric Joyce was said to be on a walking holiday abroad

A prosecution against Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been continued until later this month because he is on a walking holiday, a depute fiscal has said.

The 52-year-old was expected to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday to face allegations that he breached the peace and resisted arrest at the city's airport in May.

The former army officer did not attend and was said to have written a letter.

The case is due to call again at the court on 26 September.

Depute procurator fiscal Calum Darling asked Sheriff Alistair Noble to continue the case without plea.

Mr Darling added: "He is presently out of Scotland on a walking holiday. He wishes to return to consult with a solicitor."

According to legal documents, Mr Joyce, of Stirling, faces three charges. The first alleges that on 19 May at Edinburgh Airport he shouted, swore and uttered offensive remarks.

The second charge alleges that on the same date, during a journey between Edinburgh Airport and the city's St Leonard's Police station, he resisted, obstructed, hindered and struggled violently with police constables Alan Hazelwood and John Miller.

The third charge alleges that, on the same date, he also shouted, swore, made offensive noises and uttered racial remarks.

He has yet to enter a plea to the charges.

However, Mr Joyce later insisted that the depute fiscal had "mixed up his paper work" by referring to a letter which was a month old and related to a previous date, 7 August.

A spokesman for the Crown Office said: "We will look into the point that Mr Joyce has raised and deal with it before the case next calls in court."

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