Fa­ther’s Day ter­ror for vic­tim of abuse

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

A young dad made chill­ing threats of vi­o­lence against his part­ner on Fa­ther’s Day, a court was told.

Foul-mouthed Joshua Kerr, 26, swore, shouted and left abu­sive voice­mail mes­sages for his part­ner Danielle McVey that left her fear­ing for her safety.

At Pais­ley Sher­iff Court, Kerr ap­peared in the dock where he ad­mit­ted re­spon­si­bil­ity for put­ting Ms McVey in state of fear and alarm at a house in Claud Road, Pais­ley, af­ter phon­ing her and shout­ing, swear­ing and ut­ter­ing threats of vi­o­lence.

Fis­cal de­pute Saud Has­san told the court that Kerr, of Ard Road in Ren­frew, was plead­ing guilty to the charge, and that he has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

But his de­fence agent said Kerr, who was es­tranged from his part­ner at the time, be­lieved Ms McVey was us­ing their child against him.

He said:“I un­der­stand the court may call for re­ports prior to sen­tenc­ing, but as a back­ground my client be­lieves the child was be­ing weaponised by the mother.

“And the phone call re­ferred to was made on Fa­ther’s Day.”

The lawyer added he would like to re­serve his full sub­mis­sion in de­fence of his client un­til he ap­pears for sen­tenc­ing.

Court pa­pers re­veal that Kerr ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner likely to cause a rea­son­able per­son to suf­fer fear or alarm in that he left mes­sages and did shout, swear and ut­ter threats of vi­o­lence at Ms McVey his part­ner on June 18 last year.

He also ad­mit­ted a breach of bail by fail­ing to at­tend court in Pais­ley on Novem­ber 16 last year.

Sher­iff Seith Ire­land said he was ad­journ­ing mat­ters to call for a Crim­i­nal Jus­tice So­cial Work Re­port and that he was con­tin­u­ing bail for six weeks.

Kerr will learn of his fate when he reap­pears for sen­tence on March 13.

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