Coun­cil work­men threat­ened with knife

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - Court reporter

An an­gry res­i­dent threat­ened two‘noisy’ work­men with a knife af­ter com­plain­ing they were keep­ing him awake.

Mark Craw­ford warned the coun­cil painters to“keep it down”then ran to­wards them wield­ing the blade, Hamil­ton Sher­iff Court heard on Fri­day.

Craw­ford (35), a prisoner, ad­mit­ted shout­ing threats and con­fronting Derek Louden (57) and Craig Beecroft (36) while armed in Ne­vi­son Street, Larkhall, on May 15. He was on bail in re­la­tion to a do­mes­tic as­sault at the time.

Cal­lum Forsyth, pros­e­cut­ing, said the work­men had come back from a lunch break when Craw­ford“took um­brage at their pres­ence”.

The fis­cal went on:“he shouted‘keep it down. You’ve been at it since eight this morn­ing and folk are trying to sleep.’

“Mr Louden said they were only do­ing their job and at that point the ac­cused shouted‘i’ll come across and do you in.’

“Mr Louden re­sponded‘aye, what­ever’, but then Craw­ford re-ap­peared in pos­ses­sion of a kitchen knife.

“He ran to­wards the work­ers, stop­ping ap­prox­i­mately six feet away from them. At that point a fe­male shouted from a win­dow ‘Mark, put it down. It’s not worth it’.

“The ac­cused then re­turned to his prop­erty and sat on the doorstep. The work­ers con­tacted their boss and the po­lice were ad­vised.”

De­fence agent Tom Wat­ters said Craw­ford is“no stranger to the court”and re­cently served an 18-month jail term.

The lawyer said there are men­tal health con­cerns and sug­gested back­ground re­ports could be called for be­fore sen­tence is passed.

Sen­tence was de­ferred un­til Septem­ber 26 and Craw­ford was re­manded in cus­tody.

He is also await­ing sen­tence af­ter he ad­mit­ted grab­bing and punch­ing his part­ner, Ch­eryl Graham, at a house in Cat­a­col Grove, East Kil­bride, on April 16.

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