Whistling thug hauled back be­fore sher­iff

Jeal­ous yob who as­saulted ex and her part­ner in more hot wa­ter for mu­si­cal swag­ger out of court

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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

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