A MAN and woman have appeared in court charged with leaving a man scarred for life in a Dumbarton street.

David McGibbon, 44, and 31-year-old Ashley Mundie are alleged to have teamed up to assault a man in Quarry Knowe in Castlehill on Saturday, June 13, to have repeatedly punched him on the head and body, and to have struck him on the body with a knife or similar instrument.

Mr McGibbon is also alleged to have assaulted two police officers later that day, while telling them he was infected with Covid-19 and Hepatitis B.

Prosecutors further allege that both Mr McGibbon and Ms Mundie smashed the rear window of a car parked in Castlehill Road on the same day with intent to steal; and that they assaulted a second man, also in Quarry Knowe, by repeatedly trying to kick and punch him and by throwing a lighter or similar object at his head.

A further charge claims that Ms Mundie encouraged Mr McGibbon to strike both men with a knife or similar instrument.

Mr McGibbon is additionally charged with possession of a knife in a public place without reasonable excuse.

Then, later that day, it is alleged that he assaulted one constable at Greenock police station by biting him on the hand, and assaulted a second by digging his nails into the officer’s hand, both while stating that he had Hepatitis B and Covid-19.

Mr McGibbon is also said to have repeatedly spat at police and custody security officers at the station, and to have told them: “I hope you all get Covid now, ya p****s, and take it back to your families so they get it an’ all and die, ya b******s.”

Solicitors Marisa Borland and Scott Adair, representing Mr McGibbon and Ms Mundie respectively, told a hearing at Dumbarton Sheriff Court  that their clients were pleading not guilty to all the charges against them.

Mr Adair asked Sheriff William Gallacher to release his client on bail, stating that she had been in custody since June 15 and that it could be April or May before a trial is able to take place under Covid-safe conditions.

Rejecting that request, Sheriff Gallacher told Ms Mundie: “I’m not prepared to grant you bail today; that cannot be an infinite situation, but the matter can be reviewed afresh in January.”

No motion for bail was made in respect of Mr McGibbon; both accused were remanded in custody until a further procedural hearing in mid-January.