Penalty for ram­page

Smashed up be­long­ings

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Court reporter

A Coat­bridge man who went on a vi­o­lent ram­page around his part­ner’s home has been given 130 hours of un­paid work.

Michael McKay, 22, smashed a glass ta­ble at the prop­erty be­fore us­ing its metal legs to break fur­ther items dur­ing the in­ci­dent that took place on Oc­to­ber 8.

Mil­ton Street res­i­dent McKay also de­stroyed a TV, a vac­uum cleaner and a glass door panel dur­ing his out­burst.

He pleaded guilty to the charges which were com­mit­ted while he was al­ready on bail.

His de­fence so­lic­i­tor said: “My client has an un­en­vi­able record and I’m try­ing to ex­tract any pos­i­tive im­pli­ca­tions from this.

“Their re­la­tion­ship has not ended and there’s been a re­cent de­vel­op­ment in that she’s now preg­nant.

“He has asked his fa­ther to re­place the tele­vi­sion and will pay him back fully.

“A spare vac­uum cleaner is be­ing used and the glass panel was re­placed by the land­lord.”

Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll asked: “So, in re­al­ity he has re­placed noth­ing and not righted his wrongs?”

The so­lic­i­tor replied: “That’s un­fair on him. He will be out of pocket once he has paid his dad back.

“My client had a dif­fi­cult child­hood and nu­mer­ous is­sues in the past have re­sulted in prison.

“But when he is sober he is a very pleas­ant young man.

“It goes in cy­cles but at the mo­ment he is at the top of one and I hope the court can recog­nise that.”

An unim­pre s s e d Sher­iff O’Car­roll asked the yawn­ing McKay if pro­ceed­ings were “too bor­ing”for him.

He then said: “I am, very much on bal­ance, per­suaded there is an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody in this in­stance.

“But I am not con­vinced you will do this, so I am putting cer­tain mea­sures in place.”

He con­tin­ued: “You will be un­der su­per­vi­sion for two years and carry out 130 hours of un­paid work, which I have re­duced from 150 due to your plea.

“You will also pay £200 com­pen­sa­tion to your part­ner.”

The sher­iff added:“I am fix­ing a re­view for De­cem­ber 18 be­cause of my sus­pi­cions that you will not com­ply with this.”

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