Eric Joyce denies Edinburgh Airport police scuffle

Eric Joyce denies struggling with police at Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Eric Joyce denies struggling with police at Edinburgh Airport. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

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FORMER Labour Party MP Eric Joyce has appeared in court on allegations that he committed a breach of the peace and resisted police arrest at Edinburgh airport.

The 52-year-old politician appeared before Sheriff Alistair Noble at a 90 second hearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The Parliamentarian has pleaded not guilty to a total of three charges. Prosecutors allege he broke the law at the airport in May 2013.

According to legal documents, Mr Joyce, of Stirling, faces three charges. The first charge alleges that on May 19 2013, at Edinburgh Airport he shouted, swore and uttered offensive remarks.

The second charge alleges that on the same date, during a journey between Edinburgh Airport and the city’s St Leonard’s Police station, he resisted, obstructed, hindered and struggled violently with police constables Alan Hazelwood and John Miller.

The third charge alleges that on the same date, he also shouted, swore, made offensive noises and uttered racial remarks.

On Wednesday, Joyce spoke only to confirm his name. He had spent the morning in the corridor of Edinburgh Sheriff Court doing work on his Macbook Pro lap top computer.

Defence solicitor advocate David Allan told the court that Joyce instructed him on Monday and that prosecutors hadn’t yet fully disclosed all the details of the case against his client.

Mr Allan asked for the case to be continued until March 21 2014 so that he could obtain details of the case from the procurator fiscal.

Sheriff Noble agreed to grant the request. Mr Joyce will next appear in court on March 21 2014.