Slash threat to pub land­lord

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A Coat­bridge man who tried to set­tle a per­sonal score out­side his lo­cal pub has been or­dered to carry out 140 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Craig McVeigh, 38, threat­ened to “run a blade across the cheeks of the a***” of the Foun­tain Bar’s land­lord on June 14.

McVeigh, of Both­well Place, was un­happy that he had been fea­tured on ‘pub watch’, a site which warns other pubs in the area about lo­cals who have been ejected from es­tab­lish­ments due to their be­hav­iour.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal ex­plained: “It was around 10.15pm and the ac­cused en­tered and asked to speak to the com­plainer out­side.

“An ar­gu­ment en­sued and the ac­cused be­came ag­gres­sive, point­ing in the face of the com­plainer.

“The com­plainer left the con­ver­sa­tion and went back in­side the Foun­tain Bar.

“But the ac­cused shouted af­ter him, ‘the next time I see you I’ll run a blade across the cheeks of your a***’.

“He also threat­ened to have the com­plainer beaten up.

“The po­lice were called and McVeigh was de­tained later that evening.”

McVeigh was back at Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week for sen­tenc­ing af­ter ad­mit­ting his guilt and his de­fence solic­i­tor, Paul Be­lardo, said: “My client used the Foun­tain Bar as his lo­cal but had pre­vi­ously been asked to leave the premises.

“He was then fea­tured on pub watch which spreads the news to other lo­cal places.

“He was em­bar­rassed and felt he had been treated un­fairly; like a sledge­ham­mer had been used to crack a nut.

“On the day in ques­tion my client had been drink­ing and wanted to speak with the land­lord, but the con­ver­sa­tion de­te­ri­o­rated into an ag­gres­sive na­ture.

“The report on him is a mixed bag; he still drinks al­co­hol which leads to be­havioural is­sues and hasn’t fully in­te­grated with ad­dic­tion ser­vices.

“He is cur­rently on a sep­a­rate or­der but has com­pleted the hours.

“I would sug­gest im­pos­ing a new com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with more hours and su­per­vi­sion. It’s his drink­ing that needs to be ad­dressed.”

An unim­pressed Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll told McVeigh: “You have an un­en­vi­able record and are a vi­o­lent man.

“I’m go­ing to give you an­other chance but I’m not sure you’ll take it.

“You will be un­der su­per­vi­sion for 12 months and carry out 140 hours of un­paid work. This is to be com­pleted in four months.

“If you do not ful­fil ev­ery as­pect of this or­der you will be put in prison.

“I am fix­ing a review in six weeks to see if you are com­ply­ing with the or­der.”

At­tacked a cop

A young man who at­tacked a po­lice of­fi­cer af­ter driv­ing through Barged­die whilst over the le­gal al­co­hol limit has been al­lowed to con­tinue his com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

Har­ris Hayat, 20, was caught on March 23 last year and also used racially ag­gra­vated slurs to of­fend the of­fi­cer.

The Pol­lok­shields res­i­dent also drove while only in pos­ses­sion of a pro­vi­sional li­cence and with­out in­surance.

Hayat owned up to the of­fence and reap­peared at Air­drie Sher­iff Court for a review of his sub­se­quent com­mu­nity pay­back or­der pun­ish­ment last week – but vi­tal re­ports were miss­ing.

De­fence solic­i­tor John McGeechan said: “I don’t have the progress re­ports which were called for.

“But I un­der­stand my client had com­pleted his un­paid work and is com­ply­ing with a re­stric­tion of lib­erty.”

Sher­iff O’Car­roll said: “I’ll al­low the or­der to con­tinue.

“But you should be of no doubt that if there’s any form of breach then you can ex­pect to come back here and not leave through the front door.”

Bail con­tin­ues

Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll has al­lowed a thug’s bail to con­tinue due to the ac­cused hav­ing other mat­ters call­ing at Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court.

Craig Robert­son, 23, ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner on Au­gust 21 at a shop on Deedes Street, Air­drie.

The View­park man re­peat­edly shouted and swore and also struck the metal shut­ters of the premises with a bot­tle.

The of­fence was com­mit­ted while on bail from the other mat­ters be­ing dealt with in Hamil­ton on Oc­to­ber 18.

Sher­iff O’Car­roll or­dained Robert­son to ap­pear back at Air­drie Sher­iff Court on Oc­to­ber 25.

Drug treat­ment

A man ac­cused of shoplift­ing will re­turn to Air­drie Sher­iff Court next week – once a drug test­ing and treat­ment or­der has been pre­pared.

David Ste­wart, of Coat­bridge’s High Coats, wasn’t present in court and re­mains on bail af­ter Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll de­cided he needed a DTTO report.

Thirty- four- year- old Ste­wart’s de­fence solic­i­tor said: “My client should be here, al­though I’m not too sur­prised he isn’t.

“The report is good but he should be present to­day.”

Ste­wart is fac­ing four dif­fer­ent charges of theft which com­menced last Oc­to­ber, when he al­legedly stole items from Farm­foods on Coat­bridge’s Bank Street.

He is also ac­cused of steal­ing den­tal prod­ucts and sun­cream from Boots on July 12 and a quan­tity of cos­met­ics from the same Coat­bridge Main Street store on July 29.

On July 20 he is al­leged to have stolen ra­zors from Tesco.

Sher­iff O’Car­roll con­tin­ued Ste­wart’s bail un­til Oc­to­ber 4.

The ac­cused shouted af­ter him, ‘the next time I see you I’ll run a blade across the cheeks of your a***’

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