Warned to stay out of trou­ble

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Court re­porter

A yob who acted ag­gres­sively to­wards his ter­ri­fied part­ner be­fore turn­ing his rage on po­lice of­fi­cers has been given a chance to show he can keep out of trou­ble.

James Ritchie be­gan his ag­gres­sive evening on Novem­ber 13 last year by shout­ing and swear­ing at his part­ner at a prop­erty on Air­drie’s Calder­glen Court.

He also re­peat­edly struck a door and wall of the house with a rake and broke a win­dow, plac­ing his part­ner in a state of fear and alarm.

Po­lice were called and when of­fi­cers at­tended the scene Ritchie be­gan act­ing ag­gres­sively and spouted threats of vi­o­lence to­wards them.

Ritchie, 20, was even­tu­ally brought un­der con­trol and taken into cus­tody. He later pled guilty at Air­drie Sher­iff Court.

A de­fer­ral for re­ports e x a m i n i n g R i t c h i e’s back­ground was then or­dered and he made his way back into the dock last week.

Sher­iff Morag Shank­land told Ritchie: “I am go­ing to give you the op­por­tu­nity to be of good be­hav­iour.

“I will de­fer sen­tenc­ing for three months for this and a sup­ple­men­tary crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port.

“If you are not of good be­hav­iour then it will not go in your favour when you re­turn.”

Ritchie’s next court date was then sched­uled for Novem­ber 29.

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