TICK, TICK... BOOM
Drunk held backpack up and shouted at cops
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