Hat row at Fife nightclub leads to 12-month jail term



A 61-year-old man became upset when his hat went missing in a Dunfermline nightclub and his behaviour quickly spiralled out of control. 

His threatening antics towards other customers and then abuse of police officers resulted in Louis Curtis being jailed for a year. 

Curtis, of McGinlay Terrace, Lochore, went on trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

The regular offender was found guilty of a charge that on 19th January at Life Nightclub, Kirkgate, Dunfermline, he shouted, swore and acted in an aggressive manner. 

He was also found guilty of a second charge that at Dunfermline police station, he shouted, swore, acted aggressively, repeatedly uttered offensive remarks, threatened to spit in the faces of police officers and custody staff. 

PC Dean Waddell told the court he was in a patrol car at around 3am when he and his colleague were flagged down by staff at Life. 

When they attended the door area, Curtis was in a heated argument with a female. 

The woman was asked to move away which she did but Curtis then became abusive to the police telling them to “f*** off”. 

He then lunged towards a customer and was arrested. 

He was taken to Dunfermline police station and the court was shown video of his abusive behaviour towards staff at the charge bar. 

The 25 minutes of ranting and shouting, included threatening to spit and was all captured on CCTV. A spit-hood had to be put on him. 

Curtis’ disruptive behaviour continued in court, where he was representing himself. 

After applauding his own rants when the video was played he was warned to stop. 

Sheriff Alastair Brown having found Curtis guilty, jailed him for 12 months. He told Curtis he had “an appalling record”.


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