Man escorted from court after guilty plea rejected

Haddington Sheriff Court
Haddington Sheriff Court
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A MAN accused of threatening chemist shop staff who refused him his medication had to be escorted out of a court – after having his guilty plea rejected.

Dean Anderson stands accused of behaving in a threatening manner towards pharmacy staff in Musselburgh after he turned up too late to be served.

Anderson, from Edinburgh, failed to appear in court last month after claiming he had changed address and was ordered to appear in person yesterday.

However, when he turned up to Haddington Sheriff Court, Anderson told a stunned sheriff he had decided to represent himself and admit his guilt.

But as the charge was read out, the 32-year-old then began to argue with Sheriff Peter Braid, claiming he “didn’t shout and swear” at the staff.

Sheriff Braid then told Anderson he could not plead guilty if he disagreed with the wording of the charge, and ordered him to enter a plea of not guilty and fixed trial dates.

Anderson continued to argue his case and had to be ushered from the dock by the court police officer. He will return to court for trial in April next year.