Jail for thug who assaulted police officers

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A HEARTS fan who sang songs about killer Raoul Moat before assaulting two police officers on a train was yesterday jailed for six months.

David Rintoul was on a train heading home from watching his side lose their last match of the 2010/11 season away at Dundee United.

As the train passed through Cupar he and a group of up to 40 fellow fans were heard singing songs about Moat – the gunman who shot dead his ex-girlfriend’s new partner and left her and PC David Rathband seriously injured.

Cupar Sheriff Court heard Rintoul – a father of two – then headbutted one policeman before punching another on the head before being arrested.

Rintoul, 33, of Portland Street, Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to a charge of breaching the peace by shouting, swearing, singing football chants and uttering threats of violence towards police officers.

He further admitted two charges of assault.

The offences took place on May 15, 2011.

He was also handed a seven-year football banning order.