Foul-mouthed hooligan blasted for running onto pitch
A yob who invaded the pitch during a football game has been blasted by a sheriff.
Sean Donnelly, 24, lost the plot and ran into the field of play during an amateur match at the King George V pitches in Renfrew.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Donnelly, of Dalskeith Road, in Ferguslie Park, shouted, swore and behaved aggressively during the game on April 20 last year.
Yesterday, the lout appeared for sentencing for the offence, as well as to admit breaches of a curfew order where he was outside his bail address when police visited the property on July 6.
Fiscal depute Frank Clarke said: “When he was not present at the bail address when police called, he was contacted and spoke to police on the phone about why he was not on the premises.
“It was explained that the accused ‘was at a bird’s house’ involving the visit to a young child. He explained he would be returning to the address in 20 minutes.”
Defence agent James Arrol said: “My client accepts that is his position. He had gone to the house at his girlfriend’s request. It was an emergency involving a young child.
“He spoke to the police and came back straight away. He admits the breach.”
Donnelly was also punished for shouting, swearing and acting in an aggressive manner at the King George V football pitches, Broadloan, Renfrew.
Sheriff Colin Pettigrew said: “This was breach of the peace at a football park and many Scottish males get excited at the football and shout out. But they don’t enter the field of play, shouting, swearing and acting aggressively.”
He said Donnelly had a “chequered past”, but was prepared to deal with the crimes by way of a community- based sentence.
Donnelly was given a Community Payback Order lasting six months, in which he will undergo 110 hours of unpaid work.
It was explained that the accused ‘was at a bird’s house’ involving the visit to a young child