Tar­geted his ex in flats tirade

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Court Casebook -

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.

Threat­ened cops

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.

Court no-show

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

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