AN ALLOA man will begin the year in prison after being given a 12-month jail term for assaulting two police officers in July.

James Douglas appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court on December 21 for sentencing after he was found guilty at a trial of resisting arrest at Mill Street, Alloa on July 30.

The 47-year-old behaved in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing and uttering threats of violence.

When two police officers went to arrest Douglas, he resisted arrest and struggled violently with the two constables.

Douglas, of Maree Court, then proceeded to assault a male police officer by striking him on the head and pushing him on the body to his injury.

The ordeal culminated in a further assault on a female police officer whom he repeatedly punched on the head before seizing her by the neck and repeatedly pushing her on the body to her injury.

Douglas, who was representing himself throughout his whole conviction process, argued that the conclusion of his criminal justice social work report was incorrect.

The author stated that the accused acknowledged that he behaved in an assaultive manner. He says he acted defensively.

When given a chance to speak by Sheriff David Mackie, Douglas told the court: “I will be appealing my conviction. It has been a disgrace from start to finish.

“There has been no investigation.”

Douglas also slammed the evidence disclosure procedures after several delays in being able to view CCTV footage.

Sheriff Mackie told Douglas that because of his past, which includes several convictions for serious violence, he had no option but to impose a custodial sentence upon him.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison, reduced to 10 months as he spent much of August in custody for his offences.