Axe man made flats fire threat
Thug faces long prison sentence
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