Man be­rated horse show fans with fox hunt ac­cu­sa­tions

Bizarre claims made at Perth Race­course event

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Mark mackay mmackay@the­courier.co.uk

A man ac­cused eques­trian fans of be­ing fox hunt sup­port­ers in a bizarre tirade at Perth Race­course.

Graeme Glen­day aimed his ver­bal abuse at peo­ple at­tend­ing a gen­teel horse and pony event at the Scone Palace venue.

As staff at­tempted to calm him, the 41-year-old hurled a tin of paint over a car.

Ap­pear­ing at Perth Sher­iff Court to ad­mit the of­fence, he was told his ac­tions must have been hugely fright­en­ing to those he tar­geted.

At around 10.15am on June 11, Glen­day ap­peared at the event’s re­cep­tion tent and be­gan shout­ing about fox hunt­ing.

Staff mem­bers were at pains to ex­plain to him that the event had noth­ing to do with hunt­ing but their ap­peals fell on deaf ears.

He was asked more than once to leave, but in­stead he barged past the race­course team and be­gan to rum­mage in a stor­age area.

The court heard he emerged with a tin of blue paint, which he threw over a parked Honda Jazz car.

It be­longed to one of the star­tled mem­bers of staff who had been at­tempt­ing to calm him.

When po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived they found Glen­day be­hav­ing in an er­ratic mat­ter and with his eyes wide.

They re­ported he was con­tin­u­ing to rant about fox hunt­ing and was speak­ing about “var­i­ous sub­jects that had no rel­e­vance to any mat­ter at hand”.

A small piece of cannabis was re­cov­ered from the pocket of his jeans.

Glen­day, of St Paul’s Square in Perth, ad­mit­ted wil­fully dam­ag­ing the prop­erty be­long­ing to an­other by throw­ing paint over a car.

He also ad­mit­ted be­ing in pos­ses­sion of a class B drug.

So­lic­i­tor Pauline Culler­ton said her client had men­tal health is­sues and was liv­ing in sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade or­dered Glen­day to pay the owner of the car £200 com­pen­sa­tion and also fined him £200.

She said: “This must have been quite fright­en­ing.

“You have also di­min­ished the value of this per­son’s car, through no fault of their own.”

This must have been quite fright­en­ing.

SHER­IFF GIL­LIAN WADE

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