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'You will be dead within an hour' convicted Grantown paedophile tells police after claiming to be royalty

By Ali Morrison

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Scott Murray.
Scott Murray.

A convicted paedophile made a sexual remark to a female detective constable after he was arrested in Inverness city centre.

Police arrested 38-year-old Scott Murray, of Waterloo Place, Inverness, as he was withdrawing cash at an ATM in Inverness railway station on July 21.

But Inverness Sheriff Court was told that as he was being handcuffed, he swung his arm and knocked them to the ground.

Fiscal depute Alison Young told Sheriff Gary Aitken that Murray then ran off into Falcon Square, pursued by the officers.

"He turned round and laughed and said in a goading manner 'come on'. He was restrained to the ground and taken out of public view," Mrs Young went on.

She added that Murray, who hails from Grantown, made various threats towards the police including one to 'gouge their eyes out' and that he would 'kill them'.

The court heard that Murray's behaviour became more bizarre in the city's Burnett Road Police Station where he claimed to be the British monarch and that 'you better de-arrest me. You's are both dead. I am British monarchy and above arrest. You will be dead within an hour'.

Mrs Young added that Murray made more threats and asked a female DC an intimate question.

He admitted making a sexual communication and threatening or abusive behaviour.

Defence solicitor Willie Young accepted that with his client's previous record, a prison sentence was inevitable.

"He had been discharged a week before from hospital in Perth where he was receiving psychiatric treatment and given accommodation in Waterloo Place, Inverness," he said. "It was anticipated he would continue to receive treatment on an out-patient basis at New Craigs Hospital.

"He was minding his own business getting cash and objected to what he regarded as unnecessary harassment.

"The irony of the matter is that nothing came of the matter for which he was being arrested. If he had acted in a more mature manner he would not be here.

"He has nothing else outstanding."

Jailing Murray for 14 months backdated to July 24, Sheriff Aitken told him: "You have a poor record. Behaviour of this kind is completely unacceptable.

"Nobody should be treated like this, particularly when they are just doing their job."

Murray was also placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for five years.

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