Man caught uri­nat­ing is ‘mor­ti­fied’ with him­self

Evening Times - - NEWS - By JENNESS MITCHELL

A DRUNKEN man caught uri­nat­ing in the street lashed out with a glass bot­tle when he was told to zip up and move on.

At Glas­gow Sheriff Court, Joseph Maguire pleaded guilty to re­liev­ing him­self out­side The Gra­nary in Shaw­lands on July 20. The 49-year-old also ad­mit­ted re­peat­edly shout­ing and swear­ing, ut­ter­ing threats of vi­o­lence, bran­dish­ing a glass bot­tle at a man and re­fus­ing to de­sist.

The fis­cal de­pute told the court that it was around 10.15pm when the ac­cused was spot­ted near the lo­cus uri­nat­ing in a bin. A mem­ber of the pub­lic told him to stop and go some­where else.

Maguire asked the wit­ness if he was a mem­ber of the se­cu­rity staff. When told no, the ac­cused started act­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner by shout­ing and swear­ing.

An­other mem­ber of the pub­lic in­ter­vened and asked Maguire to calm down. At this, the ac­cused took a Bud­weiser bot­tle and bran­dished it at the man.

He walked to­wards the com­plainer while shout­ing and swear­ing. Dur­ing his tirade, Maguire threat­ened to find out where the man lived and would mur­der him.

The po­lice were called and the ac­cused was cau­tioned and charged.

Maguire, who ac­cepted full re­spon­si­bil­ity, made no at­tempt to jus­tify his ac­tions. In de­fence, it was claimed that he was “mor­ti­fied” and had “very lit­tle rec­ol­lec­tion” of his bad be­hav­iour.

In the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work re­port, the ac­cused was deemed as a high risk of re­of­fend­ing de­spite the gaps in his crimes. Maguire – who has a record for dis­hon­esty and gun of­fences go­ing back 35 years – has not been in trou­ble since 2013.

His lawyer high­lighted that he en­gages with ad­dic­tion ser­vices and runs re­cov­ery cafes. This is some­thing Maguire hopes to con­tinue with and gain em­ploy­ment to work with and help other sub­stance users. The sheriff took note of the mit­i­ga­tion pre­sented and praised the pos­i­tive work the ac­cused was do­ing with oth­ers with a sim­i­lar prob­lem.

Maguire, of Kil­muir Road, was sen­tenced to a Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der with su­per­vi­sion for 12 months. He was also handed 150 hours of un­paid work to be com­pleted within six months.

At Glas­gow Sheriff Court, Joseph Maguire pleaded guilty to the in­ci­dent out­side The Gra­nary in Shaw­lands

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