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Martin McKay was out with his wife – also a serving officer – and friends when police were called to the Stramash bar in Edinburgh following an alleged incident with a barmaid.

McKay, 50, of Edinburgh, started making threats after he was put in the back of a police van. He was said to have become “agitated” and “demanded to be let out” so he could relieve himself.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told he began to “shout and swear” and raged: “Pull the f***ing van over now.” He then told his fellow officers that he would “urinate in the van” if they failed to stop.

McKay – who has 21 years’ police service – also threatened one officer: “If you don’t pull over I am going to punch the f**k out of you.”


He pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting, swearing, threatening to urinate in the police van, failing to comply with instructions from police officers and uttering threats of violence on August 6 last year.

Not guilty pleas to sexually assaulting a woman by handling her private parts and to repeatedly exposing himself to a male bar worker were accepted by the Crown.

Procurator fiscal depute Mark Keane said McKay was detained around 12.15am and was not placed in handcuffs.

A decision was made to transfer him to Livingston as he had previously worked in police stations throughout the Capital.

Mr Keane said: “Once on the motorway the accused asked to sit in the front of the van and also asked to get out to urinate.

This was refused and the accused then began to shout and swear, stating, ‘Pull the f**king van over’ and, ‘Let me out for a pee’.”

Mr Keane said the request was refused and McKay threatened to urinate in the back of the police van.

McKay had previously served in the drug squad and the organised crime unit but has been on “restricted duties” since his arrest.

Sheriff John Cook fined him £540 and told him: “You should have known better than most and police officers should not have to deal with this.”

Superintendent Craig Blackhall, of Police Scotland’s Professional Standards Department, confirmed McKay had been placed on restricted duties and added: “A report will be submitted to the Deputy Chief Constable for their consideration.”

Source : EXPRESS

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