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An island resident has been jailed for five months over three assault charges.


Andrezej Ostrowski of 8 Mackay Court, Stornoway, appeared in Stornoway Sheriff Court on Friday.


The court heard he spat blood in the face of a police officer. The victim had to under-go medical tests for months.


A large group of officers ended up attending the melee in North Beach Street early one Sunday morning in August.


Procurator fiscal Karen Smith told the court Ostrowski punched a woman in the face, causing her to fall.

While being bundled into a police vehicle, he spat directly onto an officer’s face.


He “still hadn’t calmed down by the time they got to the police station” and he kicked a second police officer in the leg.


Lawyer Luke O’Curry, his client had been drinking vodka with relatives who were visiting from his homeland.


Ostrowski was reluctant to go out “as the vodka he consumed was not conducive to socialising in an convivial environment.”


However, he was eventually persuaded by family to go in town, explained the solicitor.


An intoxicated Ostrowski aimed a punch at a “male who was also acting in a similar aggressive manner” but the unintended victim “got in the way.”


Ostrowski himself suffered “serious injuries” that night which required stitches, he pointed out.


The assault on the second police officer was caused by Ostrowski kicking his leg back and “making contact” with the constable behind him rather than a conscious attack , said the lawyer.


Sheriff David Sutherland said prison was the only option.


Five months jail for three assaults

21 April 2017