Protestor jailed after hitting officer with firework

A man who threw a firework that left a Police Scotland officer with life-changing injuries during an Irish Republican march in Glasgow has been jailed for 16 months.

Oct 13, 2020
By Paul Jacques
David McCaig

David McCaig, 33, was part of a group protesting against the march, which took place along the Broomielaw in September 2019.

The 42-year-old officer, who was policing the parade, was left with 60 per cent hearing loss and burns.

McCaig pleaded guilty to culpable and reckless conduct at Glasgow Sheriff Court last month and was returned for sentencing on Tuesday (October 13).

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Sharp said: “This was a shocking incident which has had a devastating impact on the officer, who was simply doing his job and making sure members of the public at the march were safe.

“He has been left permanently impaired and unable to continue working in the role he was previously doing, and all as a result of the reckless actions of this man.

“David McCaig clearly showed complete disregard for the safety of others when he threw that firework. His actions were absolutely disgraceful and today he is facing the consequences.”

He added: “I hope the outcome sends a clear message that violence towards police officers will not be tolerated. They have just as much right as anyone else to go to their work and return home safely. Police Scotland will rigorously investigate all reports of violence against its officers and ensure perpetrators are held to account.”

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