East Calder stun gun thug arrested only after police dog bit his backside

A drunken lout who repeatedly fired a stun gun at police has been jailed for almost seven years for a string of offences..

Thursday, 3rd June 2021, 1:54 pm

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Brian Mallon had been spotted in the outdoor "man cave" at his former home in East Calder, West Lothian.

Police Scotland officers had been alerted after the drunken 41-year-old had demanded his ex-lover let him into the house last October 4.

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A judge at the High Court in Glasgow heard how it took a police dog biting him on the bottom and a constable using his pepper spray to help get Mallon under control.

Following proceedings the thug was sentenced to a total of six years and seven months for his crimes.

The ex-cleaning company owner pled guilty to using the stun gun with intent to resist arrest as well as possession of the weapon and behaving in a threatening manner.

Mallon had initially been found "under the influence" at the house day before the incident with police.

Judge Lady Stacey jailed Mallon

Paramedics concerned for his health took him to hospital, but he later discharged himself in the early hours.

Around 5.30am on October 4, Mallon returned to his ex-partner's and yelled: "Open the f****** door".

Prosecutor Michael Meehan QC said: "She ran to her bedroom and barricaded herself in."

Five officers and a police dog arrived and a noise could be heard from an outbuilding in the garden.

The court heard Mallon had previously converted the space into a "man cave".

He could be seen inside clutching a bottle of vodka and what appeared to be a black object.

Mr Meehan: "Officers told Mallon to exit and show his hands.

"He failed to comply and aimed the stun gun in the direction of them."

Mallon left the outbuilding and police tried to stop him escaping from the scene.

But, he then discharged the powerful device before going through a back gate.

Mallon continued to point the stun gun before turning back towards two of the constables.

Mr Meehan said: "He walked in their direction and (again) discharged it. He tried to move around parked vehicles in the street."

One of the officers was forced to use to his incapacitant PAVA spray before the police dog got hold of Mallon and bit him near the bottom.

Despite being restrained, Mallon still triggered the stun gun and only let go when he was hit with a baton on the hand.

Ewen Roy, defending, said Mallon was aware how "disturbing and alarming" the crimes were.

The solicitor advocate said the weapon had been left by a friend of Mallon's during a previous visit to the "mancave".

Sentencing Mallon, Lady Stacey said: "I must send out a signal that people cannot use stun guns on police when they are going about their business."

Mallon will also be supervised for a further year on his release.

The judge further imposed a non-harassment order banning him from going near his ex-partner for an indefinite period.

If Mallon breaches the order he could be hauled back into court and face further punishment.

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