Gun threat man held a can of cider in cops stand-off

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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.”

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