Hartlepool man jailed after trouble in Glasgow bus station

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A HARTLEPOOL man has been jailed for 18 months after resisting arrest and carrying a knife.

Michael Gales, 37, was locked up after a police officer suffered a head injury while he was being arrested on arriving at Buchanan bus station in Glasgow.

He walked out of the prison if I can put it in such terms and thereafter made his way, as you have heard, to Glasgow

Defence lawyer Stephen Bentley

Gales was approached by Det Sgt Brian Gibbons and Det Con Neil Guy who tried to arrest him.

He struggled and the men fell to the ground where Det Sgt Gibbons hit his head and suffered a serious head injury.

During his trial Gales pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to resisting Det Con Guy while he was arresting him by struggling violently and to having a knife on December 14, 2013.

Sheriff Paul Crozier sentenced Gales to 18 months in prison.

He had faced a charge of assaulting Det Sgt Gibbons to his severe injury and permanent impairment by causing him to fall to the ground and hitting his head to his loss of consciousness.

But, the sheriff upheld a legal submission that there was no evidence to support this.

Gales, from Hartlepool, with convicted murderer friend Paul Smyth when the incident happened in December 2013.

Defence lawyer Stephen Bentley said: “He walked out of the prison if I can put it in such terms and thereafter made his way, as you have heard, to Glasgow.”

The sheriff court heard Gales travelled to Glasgow with Smyth, who is from the city, and hoped to get a job in Glasgow.

He has three serious assault convictions and in 2004 was given a life sentence after assaulting a chip shop worker.

Gales was convicted of grievous bodily harm by a Teesside Crown Court jury which heard he left Alan Jordan with injuries including a fractured eye socket and nasal bones.