Whistling thug hauled back before sheriff
Jealous yob who assaulted ex and her partner in more hot water for musical swagger out of court
I have brought you back because I now think that you are in contempt of court
A jealous thug who viciously assaulted his ex and her new partner was remanded in custody last week – for whistling as he swaggered out of the courtroom.
Anthony Ferns, 47, had been released on bail at Airdrie Sheriff Court to allow for a restriction of liberty assessment order to be compiled when he indulged his ill-judged and contemptuous chirping.
Ferns had previously pled guilty to assaulting his former partner and her new boyfriend in July.
The couple were on their way home after a night out when the violent thug struck.
The procurator fiscal told the court: “The accused had been in an on-off relationship with his victim for around 18 months but they had split around two months before the incident.
“The couple were walking back at around 11.30pm when they observed a man running towards them. The accused lunged and punched the male in the face and told his ex-partner to leave as she attempted to stop the assault.
“He then threw her to the ground and punched her in the face.
“She hit her head on the tarmac which caused her to fall unconscious.
“The accused then turned his attention back to the male and continued punching him on the head and body, which was witnessed by the female who’d regained consciousness.”
The fiscal continued: “She attempted to defend her boyfriend, and as he attempted to get inside his home the accused began to once again punch her in the face.
“She was bleeding at the back of her head and later developed a black eye.
“The couple managed to get inside and the police were contacted.
“They arrived just after 1am and found the accused sitting outside the house.
“He was arrested and taken to Coatbridge police office where he said ‘this is a load of c***.”
Ferns was initially bailed on July 18 under the conditions that he wouldn’t contact his ex-partner by any means.
But he breached that on August 12 when he contacted her by telephone.
Sheriff O’Carroll said: “Custody is strongly indicated here.
“However, the reports are incomplete and I would like to have a restriction of liberty order at hand.
“I will adjourn to allow for both of these to be completed and you will return here on October 11.
“Your current bail order says no contact with your expartner and that will continue.”
As Ferns swaggered out of the courtroom whistling, Sheriff O’Carroll asked a police officer to “bring that man back in here”.
The sheriff then told him: “I have brought you back because I now think you are in contempt of court.
“You will be remanded for the time being and can speak to your solicitor shortly.”
Ferns, of Millcroft Road, Cumbernauld, was later released and will return to court for sentencing on October 11.
Violent assault Anthony Ferns