Drunk rape threat thug climbed tree and threw glass at his mother-in-law

Man avoids jail for bizarre boozed-up ram­page

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A man threat­ened to rape po­lice of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the pub­lic af­ter climb­ing a tree to lob a glass at his mother-in­law in a bizarre drunken out­burst.

Shop­pers also watched in hor­ror as David Robert­son acted ag­gres­sively and licked the glass door of a store be­fore threat­en­ing to rape and kill them.

Robert­son, 29, be­gan his tirade of abuse ear­lier that evening af­ter get­ting into a drunken ar­gu­ment with his mother-in­law at his home on Clachan Road in Ros­neath.

They had been drink­ing all af­ter­noon on Septem­ber 17 last year at a gar­den party when the fight broke out at 6pm.

Robert­son then left the party in a rage and climbed a tree at the back of his home.

At Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week, where he ad­mit­ted to the of­fences, de­pute fis­cal Alas­dair Shaw said: “His mother-in-law went to get him down from the tree and in re­ply to that the ac­cused called her an ‘old cow’ a ‘wh**e’ and a ‘driedup old bag’.

“He then threw a glass tum­bler at her which missed and hit the ground.

“She then made her way back to the house and con­tacted the po­lice.”

Robert­son then came down from the tree and made his way to the Co-op store in Ros­neath’s Main Street, where he be­gan shouting abuse at cus­tomers.

Mr Shaw con­tin­ued: “When asked to leave the shop, he re­fused.

“He made to run to­wards one of the cus­tomers as if to at­tack them.

“The ac­cused then ran across the shop to try to force the door open. The ac­cused was spit­ting and lick­ing the door threat­en­ing to rape and kill the peo­ple there.

“As the po­lice ap­proached the Co-op, the ac­cused was spot­ted walk­ing away from the shop.

“He was de­tained by of­fi­cers and re­fused to get into the back seat of the car and was abu­sive to both of­fi­cers.

“He be­gan to push back on to the pave­ment to pre­vent the of­fi­cers from get­ting him in the car.

“He be­gan us­ing phrases like:‘I’m go­ing to rape you and rape your fam­ily mem­bers’.”

He was taken to Cly­de­bank Po­lice Sta­tion where he was cau­tioned and charged.

Robert­son ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing abu­sive man­ner to­wards his mother-in-law by throw­ing a glass tum­bler, shouting ob­scen­i­ties and swear­ing at her while he was up a tree.

He pled guilty to shouting, swear­ing and re­fus­ing to leave the Co-op store when asked by staff to do so and kicked a door and made threats of vi­o­lence to staff there.

He also ad­mit­ted mak­ing threats of vi­o­lence to­wards po­lice of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies be­fore strug­gling vi­o­lently with them on Main Street, Ros­neath.

His lawyer Steven Wight said that Rober­ston was aware his ac­tions were “ut­terly rep­re­hen­si­ble.”

He added: “His rec­ol­lec­tion on the day is very lim­ited be­cause of the state he was in.

“He has a strained re­la­tion­ship with his mother-in-law. An ar­gu­ment en­sued that day which ended with her say­ing that she would not stop un­til [he and his part­ner] were bro­ken up.

“He re­acted very im­ma­turely by get­ting even more drunk.

“He has been at­tend­ing Al­co­holics Anony­mous since Septem­ber and has been com­pletely sober for one month.

“He has taken steps over the past few months to ad­dress his ad­dic­tion is­sues.”

Robert­son was handed a com­mu­nity payback or­der (CPO) which re­quires him to carry out 250 hours of un­paid work in nine months. He was also placed un­der su­per­vi­sion for one year and or­dered to at­tend any al­co­hol and drug treat­ments re­quired.

Ad­dress­ing Robert­son, Sher­iff Wil­liam Gal­lacher said: “What hap­pened on this day arose be­cause of the choices you made.

“What you chose to do was go and get drunk and take cannabis.

“You put your­self in a sit­u­a­tion where you acted in ut­ter dis­re­gard of any­one around you. If you had a more ex­ten­sive record, you would be go­ing to prison.”

He will be back in court for a re­view on April 18.

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