HeadLine: TAM THE HATCHET MAN
Daily Record, 22/02/2000, p23
by SHAUN MILNE
SCOTS actor Iain McColl chased a sheriff’s officer with an axe when he
tried to serve a warrant on him.
McColl – who played gormless Big Tam in the hit BBC sitcom City Lights
– attacked legal official Paul Miller at his home in Glasgow’s trendy
Mr Miller had gone to the 46-year-old’s flat in Hyndland Street to
serve a court warrant, allowing him to poind goods for sale to settle
an outstanding debt.
The warrant was issued in April 1998 at a small claims court to recover
pounds 173 he owed to driving instructor John McCluskey for a two- week
McColl, who spent a night in the cells after being arrested for the
hatchet incident, appeared on indictment at Glasgow Sheriff Court last
He pleaded guilty to threatening Mr Miller with the weapon last March
and preventing him from enforcing the court warrant.
But Sheriff Pamela Bowman deferred sentence on McColl for six months
ordering him to be of good behaviour after hearing he was under strain
at the time.
However it is not the first time that McColl, who also starred in Rab C
Nesbitt as the dour rogue Dodie, has fallen foul of the law in real
Two years ago he was convicted for drink-driving when he was stopped by
police following a cat fight between his wife Nora and a female friend.
The troubled actor drove a car following the row while over the limit,
resulting in a year’s driving ban and a £150 fine imposed at Glasgow
He failed a breath test after police spotted him drive past a ‘No
He was also fined £275 and banned from driving for six months in 1995
for driving while disqualified and without insurance. He was further
fined £50 for possessing cannabis.
McColl ended up in the dock again for smashing a neighbour’s window
resulting in a warrant for his arrest when he failed to show in court
in May 1997.
He had thrown a bottle through the window of disabled neighbour James
Hanlon and challenged the 70-year-old to fight him.
The Record revealed how prison chiefs put him on 24-hour suicide watch
at Barlinnie Jail because he was so agitated in custody.
But part time Justice of the Peace James Cannell later sparked fury
when he cleared the court of Press and public to spare McColl’s
McColl also had to pay more than pounds 1200 for dole fraud in 1992 and
was evicted from a flat owing almost £2000 in rent.
And in 1985 he was jailed for 30 days for drink driving.
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