Kicked in ex-partner’s door
A Coatbridge man who kicked his former partner’s door in before assaulting a police officer has been told to carry out an extensive period of unpaid work.
William Meechan, 33, forcefully gained entry to the property on Broom Place in July, prompting the terrified female to contact police.
Ellismuir Street resident Meechan attemped to escape an officer’s clutches when police arrived but they caught him as he tried to flee the scene.
The procurator fiscal explained: “The witness had been with the accused for three months but it ended in July.
“At around 6.35pm she contacted police because the accused told her he was going to come over.
“She knew he was under the influence of alcohol so she told him not to.
“Ten minutes later he arrived at the property and banged on the door before shouting ‘I’ll count to three!’
“She shouted I have my son with me, come back when you’re sober.
“The accused then kicked the door in which woke up a neighbour.”
The fiscal continued: “He was repeatedly asked to leave by the witness but he refused.
“She contacted police again as she feared for her childrens’ safety.
“When they arrived he shouted at them ‘f*** you c****, I’m not coming with you!’
“He then attempted to run and hide but was caught.
“He locked out his limbs after he was handcuffed and began acting aggressively, striking his head off the ground.
“He continued to resist arrest and used his legs to prevent being placed in the police vehicle.
“The accused then kicked an officer in the chest before being taken to Coatbridge police office where he was cautioned and charged.”
His defence solicitor argued: “My client apologised for his behaviour straight away.
“He pleaded guilty at the intermediate diet and takes responsibility for his actions.”
Sheriff Derek O’Carroll ruled: “There is an alternative to a custodial sentence.
“I will impose a community payback order which will include being under supervision for 12 months.
“I regard this as serious, so I am also imposing 160 hours of unpaid work which will be completed in four months. You’ll have to fit that around your job.
“Your record shows you have a habit or not complying with orders so I want you back here for a review in two months.
“I want a spotless and flawless report otherwise you know what will happen.”
A young man who was taken to Coatbridge police office after a violent outburst has been given135 hours of community service.
Shaun Pirrie, 20, randomly attacked and knocked-out his victim at a function in Cumbernauld in April.
The victim’s brother retaliated and then assaulted Pirrie himself, leaving the accused needing hospital treatment for a broken nose.
He also needed his head stapled after hitting it on the ground.
Pirrie attended Monklands Hospital but was taken to Coatbridge police office the following morning where he revealed he had no memory of the incident.
However, despite his lack of recollection Pirrie faced the music at Airdrie Sheriff Court last week for his part in the violent fracas.
His defence solicitor said: “My client recognises this is a serious matter and fully accepts his guilt.
“He is diabetic and had drank a litre of Jack Daniels before hand.
“He has a difficult background and is willing to carry out unpaid work if you should see fit.”
Sheriff Derek O’Carroll agreed with this solution, and said: “I am imposing 135 hours of community service, which will be completed within the next four months.
“This is an alternative to custody and lengthy because of the time you took before admitting your guilt.”
Not doing work
An Airdrie man accused of not taking his community payback order seriously will return to court.
Paul Aspden’s sentencing has been postponed because of other matters calling at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
The 37- year- old was due to face the music for an alleged breach of a community payback order he was given earlier this year.
Aspden was given the order for driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit and without a license in Prestwick in March, and will return to court on November 29.
He is scheduled to appear at Glasgow on November 23 in relation to two incidents involving threatening and abusive behaviour.
His defence solicitor said: “My client’s work impairs his ability to complete some of the hours on his order.
“Can you consider this until after his Glasgow Sheriff Court date on November 23?”
Sheriff Derek O’Carroll asked: “Does your client accept he has not done the unpaid work because he’s been prioritising paid work?”
His question was met with agreement from both Aspden and his solicitor.
Sheriff O’Carroll continued: “Well he doesn’t seem to understand it was an alternative to prison.
“If it’s too difficult for him to complete it all he has to do is say and he will go there.
“I will continue the case until November 29 due to other matters.”
“When police arrived he shouted ‘f*** off you c****, I’m not coming with you!”