Man turns up in dock drunk and slur­ring

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A Coat­bridge man was re­manded in cus­tody at Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week – for be­ing drunk in the dock.

Fran­cis Dirkie, 40, was so in­tox­i­cated he couldn’t stand up, and re­peat­edly dis­rupted sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ings by shout­ing at Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll and procu­ra­tor fis­cal Yolande Love as de­tails of his crimes were read out in court.

When the Lan­gloan res­i­dent’s name was ini­tially called last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, there was no im­me­di­ate sign of him.

How­ever, a heav­ily-in­tox­i­cated and stum­bling fig­ure was sub­se­quently helped into the court­room by a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Dirkie’s in­ter­rup­tions be­gan shortly af­ter he sat down in the dock, when he started shout­ing “sorry” to the as­sist­ing of­fi­cer.

These apolo­gies soon turned to in­de­ci­pher­able slurs to­wards the Crown, as de­tails of his six sep­a­rate mis­de­meanours – com­mit­ted be­tween last Septem­ber and July this year – were read out.

The ma­jor­ity of them re­lated to Dirkie be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner to­wards var­i­ous fam­ily mem­bers, while the other was for breach­ing bail con­di­tions.

De­tail­ing charge two, which oc­curred last Septem­ber, Ms Love said: “It was around 1.55am and the ac­cused ar­rived at his par­ents’ ad­dress.

“His mother let him in but a short time later he be­came abu­sive to­wards her.

“His fa­ther asked him to calm down, but the ac­cused shouted, ‘if the po­lice come, there’ll be a f****** war’.

“He con­tin­ued to shout and swear and when the po­lice ar­rived he was seen to be shout­ing, ‘get f****** out’ to­wards his fa­ther.

“Of­fi­cers tried to in­ter­vene but the ac­cused then be­gan to be­come abu­sive to them.

“He tried to strike an of­fi­cer with a shoe and was taken to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice be­cause of his ag­gres­sion.”

At this point a tear­ful Dirkie, who had made his pres­ence con­sis­tently felt dur­ing pro­ceed­ings, was given a fi­nal warn­ing by Sher­iff O’Car­roll who ad­vised him: “I think I have reached a stage where you will need to be taken down­stairs for the re­main­der of this.

“If you keep quiet you can stay where you are, do you un­der­stand?”

Dirkie agreed but the si­lence lasted barely 10 sec­onds as the procu­ra­tor fis­cal tried to con­tinue.

Sher­iff O’Car­roll gave the nod for Dirkie to be taken down­stairs which was met with cries of “leave me alone” as po­lice made sure he was able to stay on his feet.

The court­room stairs proved too dif­fi­cult for Dirkie, who was car­ried away by two of­fi­cers and a se­cu­rity guard.

The re­main­der of his mis­de­meanours were read out be­fore his de­fence solic­i­tor Mark Lut­ton said: “There seems to be an in­evitabil­ity about where my client will be go­ing at some stage.

“He had been suf­fer­ing from an ill­ness though and this had put a lot of stress on him.

“Al­co­hol is a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem for him and the report in­di­cates he has made a sel­f­re­fer­ral to ad­dic­tion ser­vices.”

A thor­oughly unim­pressed Sher­iff O’Car­roll said: “Your client has not taken any of his chances and he is ex­haust­ing court time.

“It is go­ing to take a lot to con­vince me a cus­to­dial sen­tence isn’t the right de­ci­sion.”

Dirkie was re­manded in cus­tody for two days and is sched­uled to re-ap­pear in court on Mon­day.

I think I have reached a stage where you will need to be taken down­stairs for the re­main­der of this. If you can keep quiet you can stay where you are, do you un­der­stand? Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll

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