Un­paid work for man who ter­ri­fied his ex

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Bitter Dispute - Court re­porter

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.”

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