Sex offender headbutts dock, hurls abuse at sheriff and brawls with security in Dundee court

When Sheriff George Way told Leonard he was being remanded, the man flipped.
When Sheriff George Way told Leonard he was being remanded, the man flipped.

A sex offender headbutted the dock, branded a sheriff a “specky ****” then brawled with court security officers when he was told he was going to prison.

Kyle Leonard, 20, had been handed a community-based sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court after he admitted having sex with three underage girls — but was arrested and hauled back to court last November facing further charges.

Those charges ended up being dropped — but he was locked up for breaching his earlier orders.

When Sheriff George Way then told him he was being remanded in custody to await further proceedings, Leonard flipped.

Leonard appeared back in the same dock where he had lashed out at the lawman facing a threatening and abusive behaviour charge — the second time he has been convicted of abusing a sheriff in identical circumstances.

Fiscal depute Joanne Smith told the court: “Sheriff Way decided to remand him in custody and the accused was clearly unhappy and began to shout and swear.

“He shouted at the sheriff: ‘Are you ******* joking you specky **** This is a ******* joke I’m going to lose everything’.

“He was handcuffed to a G4S officer and was making his way to the stairs shouting: ‘I don’t ******* believe this’. Without warning he punched and headbutted the glass surrounding the dock.

“Another G4S officer attended to assist and he was put to the ground to try to subdue him. Eventually he was restrained and taken to the cells.

“Witnesses including the sheriff were shocked and alarmed at his actions.”

Leonard, a prisoner at Polmont, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Dundee Sheriff Court on November 23 last year.

Defence solicitor Douglas McConnell said Leonard is due to be released from jail on his earlier sentence later this month.

He said: “He has a tendency to lash out and he’s been working on that whilst in custody.”

Sheriff Derek Reekie deferred sentence for three months for Leonard to be of good behaviour on his release from custody.

Leonard was last year convicted of hurling abuse at Sheriff Elizabeth Munro during a court appearance.