Trial told how pair `tried to kill` officers by reversing Nissan Qashqai at them

A police officer pulled a female colleague out of the path of an oncoming vehicle after the pair had been “repeatedly struck” by a car reversing into them, a court heard.

Jun 27, 2017

A police officer pulled a female colleague out of the path of an oncoming vehicle after the pair had been “repeatedly struck” by a car reversing into them, a court heard. Two men have gone on trial accused of attempting to murder two Police Scotland officers in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow on October 23 last year. David McLean, 31, and Ryan Gilmour, 25, both of Glasgow, deny trying to kill Police Constables Deborah Lawson and Robert Fitzsimmons. Jurors sitting at the High Court in Edinburgh heard on Monday (June 26) how the pair allegedly reversed a Nissan Qashqai towards the two officers. The two men are accused of hitting the stricken officers with the vehicle before driving towards 30-year-old PC Lawson who was lying on the ground injured. PC Fitzsimmons, 31, was then said to have grabbed his colleague and moved her out of the way of the vehicle, which reportedly had false registration plates fitted to it. PC Lawson sustained serious injuries and was treated in intensive care after the incident. The allegation emerged on the first day of proceedings against Mr McLean and Mr Gilmour, who face a total of six charges. On the same day of the alleged attempted murder attempt, both Mr McLean and Mr Gilmour were said to have acted in a disorderly manner in Banner Drive. They are said to have brandished knives, bottles and shouted and swore before pursuing Dean McGhee, William Dunsmore and John Paul Shearon. Prosecutors claim they also banged on the door of a house and attempted to gain entry. The prosecution claims the two men poured liquid through the letter box and that their alleged behaviour was a breach of the peace. They are also charged with attempting to pervert the court of justice by wilfully setting fire to the Nissan Qashqai at Lennox Gardens in Glasgow, destroying the vehicle. They are also accused of resetting the vehicle, which was allegedly stolen. The two men have entered not guilty pleas to all the charges. The trial is expected to last eight days.

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