Drunk rape threat thug climbed tree and threw glass at his mother-in-law
Man avoids jail for bizarre boozed-up rampage
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.