Teenager spared jail after threats
A TEENAGER who threatened to slit the throats of police officers and their families has learned his lesson after eight weeks in prison, Fort William Sheriff Court heard on Tuesday.
Dejan Watson, of Inverlochy Court in Fort William, went on a ‘bizarre’ drunken rampage through the town’s High Street, swinging his belt, shouting at members of the public and flailing his arms around just one day after being put on a supervision order for another offence.
When arrested after the incident on September 15 the 19-year- old began calling police offensive names and threatening to kill them and their relatives.
Fiscal depute Ross Carvel said the abuse included, ‘If I find you or any of your family I will slit your throats’ and ‘ You are a waste of space. One chance to get to kill any of your family and I’m taking it’.
Watson was remanded in custody as the incident broke his supervision order and admitted the charge last month, but sentencing was deferred until Tuesday for background reports.
Defending solicitor Clare Russell said Watson had been drinking in High Street pubs with friends before the incident. She added: ‘It appears to be when he drinks that he gets into trouble.
‘He accepts these are horrendous threats to make to police. He has been in custody for almost eight weeks now and this has shown him that he needs to change his behaviour.’
Sheriff David Young agreed to release Watson and sentenced him to a 12-month supervision order and 235 hours of unpaid work in the community.
He said: ‘This would have been distressing for the public and the way you were swinging your belt must have been very alarming.
‘The threats of violence to police and their families I find particularly terrible.
‘I’m going to give you an opportunity to show you don’t want to go back into custody in the future.’