Gun threat man held a can of cider in cops stand-off
An Airdrie criminal who told police officers he was going to shoot them with a“gun”he was holding behind his back – before revealing the imaginary firearm was really a can of cider – has been given an opportunity to behave himself before being sentenced.
Hare-brained hothead James Pettigrew appeared from custody at Airdrie Sheriff Court after spending nearly a month on remand for threatening the officers during an incident on September 14.
And the 49-year-old will return to the dock in three weeks, when Sheriff Derek O’Carroll will decide if he has complied sufficiently with his court supervision orders.
If not, he is likely to face a significant community payback order or even a return to prison, after pleading guilty to his outrageous actions.
The procurator fiscal outlined Pettigrew’s misdemeanours in court last Wednesday:“Police were contacted by the ambulance control room on September 14 as they had no free units and needed emergency services to attend a scene.
“The officers arrived at the accused’s home address on Ballochney Street to find both him and a female with cuts on their arms and a knife nearby.
“The accused was on the other side of the bed, intoxicated, and when he saw the police shouted,‘why the f*** are you here? Get to f***. I phoned for an ambulance, not the f***** police!’
“They explained an ambulance would be there as soon as possible and asked him to calm down.
“He then said‘get the f*** out of here or I’m going to shoot you p*****’.
“He bent down behind the bed and pulled something up behind his back.”
The fiscal continued:“The accused said to police,‘I’ve got a gun, I mean it’, before an officer drew his baton.
“The accused then produced a can of cider from behind his back and dropped it, allowing the officer to put his baton away.
“Mr Pettigrew then shouted‘f*** you, I’m going to shoot you’, before lunging towards a cabinet elsewhere in the room.
“Police managed to restrain and handcuff him before taking him to Coatbridge police office.
“While en route, he behaved very aggressively and said to police,‘Your faces are marked. I’ll deal with you when I get out of here’.”
In mitigation, Pettigrew’s defence solicitor said:“My client had just finished a nine-month sentence at the start of September.
“He and his partner have had an up-and-down relationship but it seems to work and they carry on together.
“He has had mental health issues and turns to alcohol to try and help him.
“He’s more than aware that jail is a possibility but he thinks he’ll benefit from a community-based disposal.”
Addressing the defendant, Sheriff O’Carroll told Pettigrew:“You have already spent some time on remand on my order and I think you have benefited from this.
“The easiest thing for me to do would be to jail you for these matters.
“You will be under supervision for two years with a programme requirement for domestic abuse and alcohol abuse.
“I am fixing a review for December 7 and will defer sentencing to coincide with the review.”
However, the sheriff warned:“I will send you to jail if your review isn’t in glowing terms.”