Unpaid work for man who terrified his ex
A Coatbridge man who terrified his now ex-partner in front of a child after returning home drunk from a football match has been ordered to carry out unpaid work.
John McVeigh, 37, of Burleigh Place, admitted to placing the woman and sixyearold child in a state of fear and alarm on Hogmanay, 2016.
He launched a verbal assault against the female and blamed his drink-fuelled day on her “drama”.
The procurator fiscal said: “The accused had been consuming alcohol with friends and returned to the locus.
“He did something that caused the child to cry, but blamed the complainer.
“He began to shout and swear and called her a ‘tramp’ and said he ‘only drank’ because of her ‘drama’.
“He was told to leave numerous times and then the complainer gathered some things and phoned her sister.
“She could hear her distress over the phone.
“While she waited outside the accused was still shouting and swearing and continued to do so when the sister arrived.
“He was cautioned and charged and made no reply.”
McVeigh’s defence solicitor Paul Belardo said: “This was after a football match and there had been a spike in his alcohol consumption.
“He accepts that he used abusive language.
“We are now approaching the second anniversary of this offence and he’s prepared to give back through a community payback order.”
Sheriff David Young said: “The charge only consists of abusive language being used, however it was sustained and caused distress.
“You have a previous cha r g e o f d o m e s t i c aggravation too.
“I’ll place you under supervision for 12 months and you’ll do 135 hours of unpaid work.
“I’ll also grant a nonharassment order against you for the next 12 months.”