Thug sprayed Dundee cop in face with CS gas before trying to grab meat cleaver

Josh Bray
Josh Bray

A thug sprayed a police officer in the face with CS gas before trying to grab a meat cleaver as two cops battled to arrest him.

Josh Bray

Police rushed to Dundee’s Hilltown on June 30 after a taxi driver spotted Josh Bray carrying the cleaver and a metal pole as he got out of his cab.

When PCs Lee Ford-Logie and Shaunni Morris arrived Bray immediately reached for the waistband of his shorts where the weapons were stashed.

The officers urged him to show his hands before PC Ford-Logie fired his incapacitant spray at Bray as he refused to comply.

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court Bray then reached into his pocket and pulled out his own canister of CS gas and shouted: “You wanting sprayed, you *****?”

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Miss Rasheed said: “He thereafter sprayed Constable Ford-Logie on the face and eyes.

“The constable couldn’t see from his right eye and the accused refused to desist. Constable Morris struck the accused a number of times with her baton.

“The accused continued to resist and was shouting and swearing and trying to reach for the meat cleaver.

“Constable Ford-Logie managed to get one of Bray’s hands into a handcuff. Bray refused to release the CS canister from his other hand and continued to make repeated efforts to reach for the meat cleaver in his waistband.

“Several officers then arrived and the accused was secured on the ground,” the fiscal said.

“The meat cleaver was then recovered from the waistband area of his shorts.”

Bray, 23, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment.

His solicitor Stuart Hamilton told the court his client “wished to express his remorse towards the two officers”.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month and Bray was remanded in custody meantime.