Dad lost the plot in vil­lage store

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Cam­bus­lang dad-of-three who had stopped drink­ing for three years left his part­ner and a pair of shop as­sis­tants ter­ri­fied af­ter a booze binge.

Scott Stevenson lost the plot with his girl­friend when she took his money off him to pre­vent him from be­ing able to buy more al­co­hol.

The 34-year-old from West­ern Road in Cam­bus­lang hadn’t touched drink since 2012 but fell off the wagon dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing episode in Lomond Stores, Bal­loch, Loch Lomond, at around 11.30am on May 9 this year.

Stevenson ap­peared at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week af­ter ad­mit­ting be­hav­ing in an abu­sive and threat­en­ing man­ner, re­peat­edly shout­ing, swear­ing and de­mand­ing money from and at­tempt­ing to seize the hand­bag be­long­ing to his girl­friend, mak­ing ag­gres­sive ges­tures to­wards her and strik­ing a glass door against a freezer.

Fis­cal de­pute Carol Cameron told the court the pair en­tered the shop while ar­gu­ing about money. She said: “Stevenson’s girl­friend was cry­ing and shout­ing back at him. He was quite ob­vi­ously drunk in their view and Stevenson be­gan pulling and push­ing at his girl­friend. He was re­peat­edly swear­ing. He was mak­ing ag­gres­sive ges­tures to­wards her, grab­bing for her bag.

“The as­sis­tants in the shop were fright­ened for her safety and them­selves fright­ened and up­set at Stevenson’s ag­gres­sive­ness to­wards his girl­friend.

“As their con­cern in­creased for the woman’s safety, one of the as­sis­tants de­cided to in­ter­vene and put her­self be­tween Stevenson and his girl­friend how­ever his be­hav­iour was sim­ply con­tin­u­ing and that made the as­sis­tant fright­ened for her own safety.

“Stevenson be­gan to bang the shop front door against a freezer unit which was be­hind it and the shop as­sis­tants were fright­ened that was go­ing to smash the door. One of them shouted at Stevenson to get out of the store which he even­tu­ally did.”

Po­lice were called by the shop as­sis­tants and caught up with him at nearby Bal­loch train sta­tion.

The fis­cal de­pute con­tin­ued: “There was a very strong smell of al­co­hol com­ing from him. He was cau­tioned and charged and he said ‘she brung this on her­self. I’m go­ing to have to fin­ish this with her’.

“His girl­friend was still there or there­abouts and he con­tin­ued shout­ing and swear­ing at her and, at that time, he shouted: ‘I have done f*** all. This is all your f****** fault. Get the f*** away from me.’”

Stevenson’s de­fence lawyer Bert Thom­son told the court the cou­ple had camped the pre­vi­ous night and in­tended to stay at a ho­tel in Bal­loch that evening to cel­e­brate his girl­friend’s birth­day.

The solic­i­tor said: “Of­fences came to a halt in 2012. He hadn’t taken any al­co­hol be­tween 2012 and this year this year and, in that time, he didn’t drink and, not coin­ci­den­tally, he didn’t of­fend.

“This night he got drunk. His girl­friend had taken his money from him, put it in the bag and walked away from him. His girl­friend was en­tirely in the moral right. She was look­ing out for him but he didn’t see that at the time be­cause of the drink taken.

“He ac­cepts his be­hav­iour was im­pul­sive and reck­less.”

Sher­iff Craig Turn­bull said: “You don’t have a good record and to have then be­haved in this way with the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties you now have with th­ese young chil­dren was ir­re­spon­si­ble to say the least.”

Stevenson was placed on a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der and will be un­der su­per­vi­sion for two years. He must also carry out 160 hours of un­paid work within 12 months.

In­ci­dent Cam­bus­lang’s Scott Stevenson lost the plot dur­ing the ter­ri­fy­ing episode in Lomond Stores, Bal­loch

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