A father and son were both jailed today after admitting making racist comments towards a police officer.
Alexander McPherson, 46, of Strathmore Avenue, and Lee McPherson, 23, of Kingennie Court, both admitted at Dundee Sheriff Court that, on January 21, at Whitfield Loan, they acted in a racially aggravated manner which caused or was intended to cause alarm and distress to PC Isman Ali by repeatedly uttering racially offensive remarks towards him.
The court heard police were called to a home at Whitfield Loan to deal with a disturbance.
Fiscal depute Alexandria Piper said: “Both accused were within the property and had been drinking alcohol.
“They were being loud and cheeky to officers and as they went to leave the premises they made comments to a police officer including that he looked like Mr T.
“Once outside Lee McPherson said, ‘You guys better pay attention to what happened in Paris’.
“It is my understanding that was in reference to the terrorist attacks there.”
The depute fiscal added that Lee McPherson swore at one officer.
“Officers then attempted to arrest Lee McPherson and at that point Alexander McPherson became aggressive and said it was him who was being racist not his son,” she added.
The court heard both accused had previous convictions, however McPherson senior had not offended since 2012.
Alexander McPherson was jailed for four months and Lee McPherson for eight months.