Teenager spared jail af­ter threats

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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