Kicked in ex-part­ner’s door

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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.”

Vi­o­lent as­sault

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!”

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