Man berated horse show fans with fox hunt accusations
Bizarre claims made at Perth Racecourse event
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