Jail warn­ing for man who made false claim his ex had cut him

Man was found with blood on his neck and a blood­yknife­n­earby in his bed­room

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - GRA­HAM BROWN gbrown@the­courier.co.uk

An An­gus man who made a false ac­cu­sa­tion his ex-part­ner had cut him has been told he could be sent to prison.

Steven Con­nery was ini­tially caught out by po­lice who went to a house on Jessie Street, Blair­gowrie, on July 23 after he re­ported the wo­man had in­jured his face with a knife.

The 35-year-old al­leged the of­fence had taken place in March, but one of the of­fi­cers sent to the call-out re­mem­bered the cir­cum­stances, and Con­nery came clean that there was no truth in it.

The cut to his face was caused by him pick­ing a scabbed over cut and claim­ing it was a fresh in­jury.

He was warned about wast­ing po­lice time, but just a few days later, hav­ing self-harmed with a knife, he claimed neck in­juries he sus­tained had been caused by his for­mer part­ner.

Con­nery, of Esk Park Ter­race, Brechin, ap­peared be­fore Sher­iff Derek Reekie at For­far after sen­tence had pre­vi­ously been de­ferred for the prepa­ra­tion of a crim­i­nal jus­tice re­port.

De­pute fis­cal Ste­wart Dun­can said that in the sec­ond in­ci­dent, Con­nery had sent a pic­ture mes­sage to his for­mer girl­friend which alarmed her and she alerted the emer­gency ser­vices.

The ac­cused was found ly­ing on the bed­room floor of the prop­erty with blood on his neck and shoul­ders, and a blood-cov­ered knife nearby.

Con­nery later told po­lice he wanted to make a com­plaint against the wo­man and said they had been ar­gu­ing be­fore she fol­lowed him into the bed­room and he felt a sharp pain in his neck, and felt blood run­ning down it.

Sher­iff Reekie told Con­nery: “These of­fences were com­mit­ted within days of early re­lease from cus­tody for a do­mes­ti­cally-re­lated as­sault against the same lady.

“The so­cial work re­port al­ludes to a cer­tain pat­tern of be­hav­iour and at­ti­tudes.

“These are se­ri­ous and trou­bling mat­ters. I am pre­pared to ex­plore other op­tions, but I give you no prom­ise on what the out­come will be.”

Con­nery will re­turn for sen­tence on De­cem­ber 20 fol­low­ing the prepa­ra­tion of a fur­ther crim­i­nal jus­tice re­port.

The so­cial work re­port al­ludes to a cer­tain pat­tern of be­hav­iour and at­ti­tudes

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