Dundee man denies throwing lit firework at pregnant mum while she walked 11-month-old child

Balmerino Road (stock image)

A man is to stand trial accused of throwing a lit firework at a pregnant woman as she walked with her 11-month-old child.

Dennis Cox, 31, faces charges of “culpably and recklessly” throwing lit fireworks in a public place on three separate occasions.

He is twice said to have acted “with utter disregard for and to the danger of” the public in Dundee’s Balmerino Road on May 28 and June 23 last year.

Then on June 29, in the same street, he is alleged to have recklessly thrown lit fireworks in a public place in the direction of a woman – who cannot be named to protect the identity of her children.

Prosecutors say that Cox acted with “utter disregard for her safety, for the safety of her unborn child and for the safety of her 11-month-old child who was with her”.

Cox is then alleged to have brawled with three police officers who attempted to detain him on July 2 at his home in Dundee’s Douglas Road.

Cox, 31, of Douglas Road, Dundee, denied three charges of culpable and reckless conduct and one of resisting arrest when the case against him called at Dundee Sheriff Court today.

Solicitor Kevin Hampton, for Cox, said he was maintaining his not guilty pleas.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael set a trial date in April.