Drunk held back­pack up and shouted at cops

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Taylor

A busi­ness­man be­hind a town cen­tre bomb hoax took off a back­pack and warned cops: “Tick, tick, boom.”

An­drew Ma­grath, 38, told of­fi­cers “I’m a white Mus­lim” and “my name is Muham­mad” after spark­ing a row as clubs emp­tied.

He kicked off after spot­ting po­lice pa­trolling Pais­ley’s New Street.

But his big mouth saw him banged-up for an ex­tended stay after be­ing lifted at the start of a bank holiday week­end.

Pros­e­cu­tor John Pen­man told how Ma­grath tar­geted of­fi­cers as they kept watch over rev­ellers head­ing home.

He said: “The ac­cused was seen stand­ing in an al­coved area near one of the night­clubs wear­ing a large green ruck­sack.

“Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, he was tak­ing an in­ter­est in them.

“He ap­proached the of­fi­cers, en­gag­ing them in con­ver­sa­tion.

“He told them, ‘ I’m a white Mus­lim’ and pointed to an of­fi­cer and said, ‘You’re Mus­lim too’.

“As po­lice ap­proached, he be­gan to re­move the ruck­sack and said, ‘ Tick, tick, boom. Tick, tick, boom.’

“Po­lice formed an opin­ion at that stage and ar­rested him for breach of the peace.

“He told them, ‘my name is Muham­mad’ and re­peated, ‘tick, tick, boom’.

“Un­for­tu­nately for him, it was a holiday and he spent the whole week­end in a cell.”

Ap­pear­ing at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court, Ma­grath – who runs a coach- build­ing firm– ad­mit­ted mak­ing of­fen­sive re­marks dur­ing the spat.

He had been con­victed of a sep­a­rate of­fence just four days be­fore the drama around 3am on May 27.

The yob had been warned he could be slapped with a cur­few after he was or­dered to be ex­am­ined by psy­chol­o­gists at an ear­lier hear­ing.

De­fence lawyer Ron McKenna told how his client splits his time be­tween Scot­land and Lon­don due to work and “thought he was be­ing ironic while drunk”.

He added: “Po­lice didn’t see it that way. This was an in­ci­dent that was only going to end up one way.

“He was in cus­tody un­til the Tues­day morn­ing and is mor­ti­fied by his be­hav­iour.”

Sher­iff David Pen­der warned Ma­grath he faces jail if he breaks the law again.

He said: “Only four days prior, you were fined £ 600 for, I as­sume, a sim­i­lar type of of­fence.

“The lan­guage you used is very in­ap­pro­pri­ate and I do not need to tell you why – it beg­gars be­lief.

“You re­ally are rid­ing very close to im­pris­on­ment if you com­mit any more of­fences.”

Ma­grath, of nearby St Boswells Cres­cent, was fined £1,500 and told to pay within 28 days.

Bomb hoaxer An­drew Ma­grath

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