Man failed to turn up at court

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Court re­porter

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”.

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