Targeted his ex in flats tirade
A lout who terrified his expartner during an aggressive tirade at the Coatbridge block of flats where he lives has been placed under supervision.
John McGuire demanded entry to a flat at Jackson Court on May 13 and repeatedly kicked and banged on the door. He then began shouting and swearing and spouted despicable threats of violence towards the petrified woman, placing her and another female in a “state of fear and alarm”.
Police were then called to the scene and McGuire, 33, was taken into custody.
But his day of offending didn’t end there as McGuire was found with a knife on his person during a search at Coatbridge police office.
He was subsequently charged with possession of the blade and threatening and abusive behaviour, in relation to his conduct back at the flats.
McGuire pleaded guilty to both offences and, after reports into his background were arranged, returned to Airdrie Sheriff Court for sentencing.
Defence solicitor Mark Lutton highlighted his client’s remorse for his actions and appealed for a communitybased disposal.
Sheriff Frank Pieri adhered to Mr Lutton’s request and imposed a community payback order on McGuire that will see him supervised for the next year.
Thief in the frame
A Petersburn thief failed to have the foresight to realise stealing from an Airdrie opticians wasn’t the wisest of moves.
Victoria Allan swiped a pair of designer glasses frames from Hughes & McHugh, on Anderson Street in the town centre, on March 28.
Her sight wasn’t the only one of her senses needing fine-tuned as Allan couldn’t sniff out the fact staff were on to her escapade and police were later called.
Allan was arrested and entered a guilty plea to the theft at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
Background reports on the 33-yearold Wester gill Avenue native were then ordered and she resurfaced in the dock last week to discover her punishment.
Allan was sentenced to a community payback order, as a “direct alternative to a fine”, by Sheriff Frank Pieri of supervision over the next year.
Sentence has been further deferred on a yob who threatened police officers in his Whinhall home.
Foul- mouthed Joseph Higgins verbally turned on the cops when they showed up at the McKenna Drive property on March 29.
He shouted and swore before uttering violent threats and gesticulating in an aggressive manner towards the constables.
The 32-year-old was then taken into custody at Coatbridge police office and charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.
Higgins was due to be sentenced at Airdrie Sheriff Court last week after a deferral for criminal justice social work reports.
However, he was notable by his absence in the dock, which led Sheriff Frank Pieri to defer sentencing until July 19 to allow for a psychiatric report on Higgins to be compiled.
Tried to steal car
A would- be car thief faces a drug assessment before being sentenced in court.
Francis Burns, from Whifflet, entered an unsecured vehicle parked on Heritage Way, Coatbridge, on February 1.
He then used a metal pole to try and break the steering lock in an unsuccessful attempt to try and steal the car.
Burns was caught in the act and the 42-year-old admitted his hare-brained actions during a date in the dock at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
A deferral on the Clunie Place resident was scheduled to allow for criminal justice social work background reports.
Burns was back in court last week, when defence solicitor Darran Khorasani asked presiding sheriff, Frank Pieri, to consider a drug treatment and testing order (DTTO) for his client.
Sheriff Pieri adhered to Mr Khorasani’s request and told Burns: “The report indicates that a drug treatment and testing order is the possible way forward here, so I will defer further for a full DTTO to be carried out.”
Burns was then ordered to return to court on August 2.
A chancer who gave a false identity to Coatbridge cops has failed to appear in court to face his sentencing.
Scott King pretended to two male constables that he was a different man – and aged one year younger – when the officers confronted him in Cumbernauld on May 14.
The foolish 25-year-old was then charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice and later admitted his guilt at Airdrie Sheriff Court.
King, who lives in Kilsyth, was due to face the mus ic last week following the completion of background reports but failed to appear in the dock as scheduled.
King’s defence solicitor cited the fact his client has “memory issues” when justifying King’s absence.
Sheriff Frank Pieri chose to give King another chance to surface in court and continued proceedings until July 19 for his personal appearance.
His day of offending didn’t end there as McGuire was found with a knife at Coatbridge police office