Thug high on drugs spat on security guard at Forge shopping mall

A THUG high on drugs is behind bars after “degrading” a security guard by spitting in her face. David Love’s defence brief told Glasgow Sheriff Court he was under the influence of drugs when he entered The Forge Shopping Centre. The 40-year-old is known to be barred from a shop in the East End mall and so security guard Amy Spears approached to ask him to leave.

During the incident, around 10.45am on June 13, 2019, he began to refuse to leave. Depute fiscal Danielle McGuiness told the court: “As he was being ushered out he refused to leave and spat, striking her left cheek and left shoulder. “The accused was detained and police were called.

“He was arrested and said ‘I just spat on her’. “He was conveyed to London Road where he was cautioned and charged and made no reply.” In an earlier offence in a Cash Converter store on Renfield Street, Love entered the branch and appeared intoxicated.

He was asked to leave during the incident on February 27, 2019, at around 12.30pm. Love, from Carmyle, then became abusive and shouted “Whit you gonna do about it? “I’ll stab you.

I’ll slit your throat.” Police were contacted and Love was traced, cautioned and charged but made no reply. Love’s defence brief told the court his client had a difficult life and long standing drug addiction.

The lawyer said: “These are serious matters. At the time, he was under the influence of drugs. He accepts full responsibility for his behaviour.

“He has had quite a difficult life and upbringing and drugs feature through his life. “He is keen to avoid a custodial sentence and is working with his addictions worker in reducing his drug use. “He has a significant gap in his offending between 2012 and 2019.

“He does feel he has never been given the support to tackle his drug use.”

Sheriff Valerie Mays said that “given the gravity of the offence” a custodial sentence could not be avoided.

She described spitting on the security guard as “demeaning and degrading” before sentencing Love to 163 days in prison, reduced from 182 days in light of his early guilty plea.

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