Penalty for rampage
Smashed up belongings
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.”