Axe man made flats fire threat

Thug faces long prison sen­tence

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A dan­ger­ous thug with a lengthy crim­i­nal record for vi­o­lence shouted that he was go­ing to chop peo­ple’s legs off while wav­ing an axe around.

Gerard Brown also made chill­ing threats that he would burn a flat down with every­body in­side dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent, which hap­pened in broad day­light.

The 40-year-old, pre­vi­ously con­victed of hav­ing an air ri­fle on him and car­ry­ing blades, ap­peared at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week and ad­mit­ted the of­fence.

He now faces a lengthy jail term and the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing mon­i­tored for life on his re­lease.

Fis­cal de­pute Martina McGuigan told the court the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Colquhoun Drive, Rosshead, near to its junc­tion with Bax­ter Lane around 10.30am on May 30.

She said peo­ple in two houses heard a man shout­ing.

Ms McGuigan said: “One of the wit­nesses looked out of his win­dow and saw Gerard Brown. He heard Brown rant­ing and rav­ing but didn’t wish to be in­volved.

“He heard more noise and, upon look­ing out­side again, saw him wav­ing a large axe while shout­ing about chop­ping peo­ple’s legs off.

“Two other wit­nesses heard shout­ing and looked out­side the win­dow at their home ad­dress and ob­served Brown shout­ing ‘You stole my bike. I’ll sit out­side this close un­til you come out’.

“Both wit­nesses ob­served that the male was hold­ing a large hatchet in his hand.”

The court was told one of the wit­nesses recog­nised Brown, who he thought ap­peared un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol.

Brown headed to­wards Bax­ter Lane but was seen a short time later by two wit­nesses who were in their home at Colquhoun Drive and heard him again shout­ing and swear­ing about a bike.

The fis­cal de­pute con­tin­ued: “They looked out­side but couldn’t see anybody. They then heard a male shout­ing and swear­ing and bang­ing on doors within the close.

“The male was shout­ing and swear­ing that some­body had stolen his bike and de­mand­ing to know who it was.

“He was stat­ing he was go­ing to burn the flat down with every­body in­side.”

A neigh­bour was heard try­ing to calm Brown down but he shouted he would be back in 20 min­utes.

Ms McGuigan said: “He re­turned about 30 sec­onds later shout­ing ‘I’m back and if you don’t give me my bike I’m go­ing to chop you’. The shout­ing there­after stopped.”

Sev­eral wit­nesses got in touch with po­lice dur­ing the in­ci­dent and call han­dlers in the po­lice con­trol room could hear him shout­ing in the back­ground dur­ing some of the con­ver­sa­tions.

The axe was dis­carded and Brown was traced the fol­low­ing day walk­ing along Main Street in Alexan­dria.

Brown, whose ad­dress was given as Bar­lin­nie jail, ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner, re­peat­edly shout­ing and act­ing in an ag­gres­sive way, bran­dish­ing an axe, re­peat­edly mak­ing vi­o­lent threats and strik­ing doors while in pos­ses­sion of the axe on May 30 at Colquhoun Drive.

Roddy Boag, de­fend­ing, told the court that he and his client both recog­nised he would be jailed for the of­fence.

Sher­iff Wil­liam Gal­lacher de­ferred sen­tenc­ing on Brown un­til October 4 for a so­cial work re­port.

He said: “I want that to ad­dress the on­go­ing risk that you un­doubt­edly present to the com­mu­nity so that I can con­sider whether or not a su­per­vised re­lease or­der is ap­pro­pri­ate or whether an ex­tended sen­tence may be ap­pro­pri­ate.

“The na­ture of these charges and the crim­i­nal record might jus­tify an or­der for life­time re­stric­tion and I might con­sider re­mit­ting you to the High Court.”

Brown was re­manded in cus­tody while the re­port is pre­pared.

Dan­ger­ous Gerard Brown could be sent to the High Court

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