Yob turned his anger on cops af­ter threat to ex

Threat­ened to smash win­dows af­ter snub

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A boozed-up Cairn­hill yob who threat­ened his ter­ri­fied ex­part­ner – and po­lice of­fi­cers – has been placed un­der su­per­vi­sion.

Thomas Mur­ray’s al­co­hol-fu­elled rants took place at a prop­erty on Ni­col Street, Raw­yards, on April 5.

He turned up at the house and af­ter his for­mer girl­friend ig­nored his pleas to come in, Mur­ray, 31, threat­ened to smash her win­dows.

The pet­ri­fied vic­tim then called the po­lice and when of­fi­cers at­tended the scene, Mur­ray turned his wrath on to them with a tor­rent of ver­bal abuse, in­clud­ing call­ing one male con­sta­ble a “baldy p****”.

Mur­ray, from Par­nell Street, ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner and re­turned for sen­tenc­ing at Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week fol­low­ing a de­fer­ral for back­ground re­ports.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­scribed Mur­ray’s foul- mouthed con­duct on the day of the of­fence: “The com­plainer was in a re­la­tion­ship with the ac­cused but they had sep­a­rated 18 months prior to this in­ci­dent.

“At 1.50am, the ac­cused at­tended and knocked on the door; she didn’t an­swer as she thought it would be the ac­cused.

“He be­gan shout­ing and swear­ing re­peat­edly, say­ing, ‘do you want me to put your f****** door in?’ He also threat­ened to smash her win­dows.

“The com­plainer called the po­lice at around 2am and the ac­cused was then heard shout­ing, ‘that’s it, phone the f****** po­lis, that’ll make it worse. I’ll be up here ev­ery night’.

“The ac­cused be­came ag­gres­sive with po­lice of­fi­cers and said, ‘what the f*** is go­ing on?’, be­fore us­ing lan­guage such as, ‘baldy p****’.

“Due to his un­ruly be­hav­iour he was ar­rested and taken to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice; he wasn’t cau­tioned and charged due to his de­meanour.

“The com­plainer would be happy for a non- ha­rass­ment or­der to be granted.”

Mur­ray’s de­fence so­lic­i­tor then mit­i­gated on his client’s be­half: “His of­fend­ing tailed off at the be­gin­ning of 2014 when a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der was im­posed.

“Al­co­hol is a fac­tor and he does apol­o­gise for the dis­tress that was caused.

“Given his health dif­fi­cul­ties, he does not con­sider him­self fit for un­paid work.

“He ac­cepts the re­la­tion­ship is over and that she has moved on, which he strug­gled to cope with ini­tially.

“He has no op­po­si­tion to a non­ha­rass­ment or­der.”

Pass­ing sen­tence, Sher­iff Frank Pieri told Mur­ray: “I will im­pose a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with su­per­vi­sion for a pe­riod of 18 months.

“If you are in breach of the or­der and are brought back be­fore me, you can be sen­tenced all over again.

“I will also im­pose a non­ha­rass­ment or­der for the next six months.”

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