Man on ‘self-de­struct’ mode as­saulted Brechin shop­keeper

Sen­tenced: Of­fender ad­mits caus­ing trou­ble in high street store by swear­ing and ut­ter­ing threats

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Janet Thom­son

An An­gus man who went into “self­de­struct mode” and as­saulted a Brechin busi­ness­man while on bail has been placed on a year’s com­mu­nity pay­back or­der un­der su­per­vi­sion.

Joseph Bry­den, 36, of Nurs­ery Park, Brechin, ap­peared from cus­tody at For­far Sher­iff Court to be sen­tenced.

The court heard he had pled guilty to two charges at an ear­lier ap­pear­ance in April.

De­pute fis­cal Jill Drum­mond told the court Bry­den en­tered Zize Vape in High Street, Brechin, on the af­ter­noon of April 13, 2018.

The owner was in the shop and Bry­den pro­duced a packet of ra­zors and a bot­tle of per­fume which he was hop­ing to sell.

She said: “He was asked to leave the prop­erty but he then asked if he could have an item which was on dis­play for noth­ing.”

Bry­den left the shop but re-en­tered, shout­ing at the owner and walked

He was shout­ing and swear­ing and the wit­ness picked up a metal bar, which was part of a dis­play shelf, which he bran­dished at him. DE­PUTE FIS­CAL JILL DRUM­MOND

be­hind the counter. She con­tin­ued: “He was shout­ing and swear­ing and the wit­ness picked up a metal bar, which was part of a dis­play shelf, which he bran­dished at him.

“The ac­cused took his jacket off and adopted a box­ing-style stance.”

The court was told the shop owner forced the ac­cused out of the premises.

While out­side, the ac­cused punched the busi­ness­man and a mem­ber of the pub­lic called po­lice.

The busi­ness­man had graz­ing on his fore­head and el­bow and his glasses were bro­ken but he did not re­quire med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

The ac­cused ran off but when cau­tioned and charged by the po­lice, he said: “He as­saulted me.”

At the ear­lier hear­ing Bry­den pled guilty to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner, re­fus­ing to leave Zize Vape on April 13, re­peat­edly at­tempt­ing to gain ac­cess to ar­eas of the store not open to the pub­lic, shout­ing, swear­ing and chal­leng­ing an em­ployee to fight him.

He also pled guilty to as­sault­ing the em­ployee by push­ing him on the body, and re­peat­edly punch­ing him on the head to his in­jury while on bail which was granted on March 29 2018.

Sher­iff Jillian Martin-brown told Bry­den: “I ap­pre­ci­ate that, at the time, you were on a self-de­struct mode and you ac­cept that.”

She sen­tenced him to a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der un­der su­per­vi­sion for 12 months and or­dered him to carry out a drug treat­ment pro­gramme.

jath­om­son@the­courier.co.uk

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