Council workmen threatened with knife
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.