Man turns up in dock drunk and slurring
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