Held in con­tempt af­ter shout­ing at a sher­iff for jail term

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A yob was held in con­tempt of court for yelling at a sher­iff as he was sent down.

Shame­less Martin Nay­lor, 30, was put be­hind bars af­ter be­ing caught try­ing to break into a gar­den shed with a screw­driver on Jan­uary 7.

When po­lice ar­rived on the scene he told them he was,“try­ing to get an axe to chop their heads off.”

The court heard Nay­lor be­haved ag­gres­sively en route to Coat­bride po­lice of­fice af­ter be­ing ar­rested.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal said:“The wit­ness was in her kitchen at around 2.15am when she saw a male stum­bling to­wards a prop­erty.

“She saw him jump over a fence with a screw­driver in his hand.

“She then heard a loud bang­ing noise and ran out­side with an­other wit­ness to con­front him.

“He be­gan mak­ing com­ments which were hard to un­der­stand as he was so in­tox­i­cated, so she con­tacted po­lice.

“They ar­rived shortly after­wards and saw him with the screw­driver. He was taken to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice.”

The fis­cal con­tin­ued:“While en route he said,‘I was try­ing to get in the shed to get an axe and chop their heads off.’

“He con­tin­ued to be­have er­rat­i­cally and be­came abu­sive to of­fi­cers, calling them ‘f****** c****’and warn­ing the driver‘I’ll kick you in the face, I don’t care if you crash.’

“He was in­formed of his fur­ther ar­rest and held at Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice.”

Nay­lor’s de­fence so­lic­i­tor said:“My client ac­cepts these of­fences how­ever al­co­hol is a huge fac­tor.

“This was un­usual though, even for him. He has lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion of the event and what he was do­ing on the night in ques­tion.”

Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll told Cum­ber­nauld res­i­dent Nay­lor:“In my view there is no al­ter­na­tive to a cus­to­dial sen­tence here.

“I don’t think you are suit­able for a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der as you have a sig­nif­i­cant level of of­fend­ing. “You will spend six months in prison.” As he was led down­stairs, Nay­lor raised his voice and ac­cused Sher­iff O’Car­roll of hav­ing“no com­pas­sion”be­fore re­peat­ing “why don’t you just gie me mair?”sev­eral times.

The sher­iff or­dered that Nay­lor be brought back to the dock be­fore adding: “That was aimed di­rectly at me and as such I am hold­ing you in con­tempt of court for your be­hav­iour.”

Nay­lor was later ad­mon­ished of the con­tempt charge and his pun­ish­ment re­mained as six months im­pris­on­ment.

Con­tempt Air­drie Sher­iff Court

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