Man failed to turn up at court
A Coatbridge yob who threatened his parents and brother during a drunken tirade has been accused of breaching his court order punishment.
Boozed-up Francis Dirkie, 40, narrowly avoided jail time after he threatened to assault his brother and went nose-to-nose with his dad after his mum confronted him over his drinking at his Barrowfield Street home on July 23 last year.
Dirkie admitted shouting, swearing, uttering violent threats and acting in an aggressive manner and was sentenced to a community payback order that included 18 months’ supervision and alcohol counselling at Airdrie Sheriff Court a month later.
During sentencing, the procurator fiscal described Dirkie’s shocking conduct on the day of the offence to the court: “At 1.45pm, the accused’s mother was in the bedroom and found the accused in a very drunken state.
“He began shouting, ‘I haven’t been f****** drinking’. She was concerned he’d fallen back into drinking.
“The accused then entered the kitchen demanding the phone. He became agitated and began screaming.
“He turned to his father and clenched his fists and screamed in his face, ‘give me the phone’.
“The accused’s mum entered and he approached her, nose-to-nose, staring at her in silence.
“His brother attended and confronted the accused about his behaviour.
“The accused then said, ‘I’ll f****** leather you’ and ‘the first place I’m going when I get out is your door’.
“The accused’s mum then called the police.”
Dirkie was due back in court last week to face accusations that he breached his order, but failed to appear in the dock as scheduled.
Sheriff Morag Shankland then continued consideration of the alleged breach until September 20 for Dirkie’s personal appearance and “other matters calling”.