Man(35) charged af­ter fire in­ci­dent in Alyth street

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Court Re­porter

A 35-year-old man ap­peared in pri­vate at Perth Sher­iff Court last week, charged with bar­ri­cad­ing him­self in his house in Alyth, arm­ing him­self with two knives and threat­en­ing to set the prop­erty on fire.

Dur­ing the al­leged siege, Ken­neth Dou­glas, of High Street, Alyth, claimed that he had tam­pered with the do­mes­tic gas sup­ply in his flat and threat­ened to blow up the build­ing.

The ac­cused, who was rep­re­sented by Perth lawyer Paul Ralph, faced a to­tal of six charges, said to have taken place at his home and in the street out­side, when he ap­peared be­fore Sher­iff Gil­lian Wade.

He made no plea and was re­manded in cus­tody af­ter bail was op­posed.

It is al­leged that on De­cem­ber 6, in Alyth High Street, he threw var­i­ous ob­jects about the road and at parked ve­hi­cles, while bran­dish­ing an axe.

He is also said to have shouted and sworn and made vi­o­lent threats to un­named peo­ple.

It is also claimed that he reck­lessly smashed the window of a parked car and had an of­fen­sive weapon - the axe - in his pos­ses­sion.

A fourth charge al­leges that he as­saulted Scott Gor­rie in the street by throw­ing the axe at him.

Dou­glas is also ac­cused of mak­ing vi­o­lent threats to po­lice at his home, arm­ing him­self with two blades be­fore bran­dish­ing them and threat­en­ing to stab and kill po­lice.

He is then said to have smashed win­dows, caus­ing bro­ken shards of glass to fall into the gar­den be­low, and throw­ing un­spec­i­fied items through the window.

It is fur­ther al­leged that he re­peat­edly punched win­dows, smeared him­self with blood, and re­fused to leave the premises, in­stead re­peat­edly threat­en­ing to stab any­one who en­tered. Part of that charge al­leges that he bar­ri­caded him­self in the house and threat­ened to set fire to it.

A fi­nal charge claims that he re­sisted two po­lice of­fi­cers, and oth­ers, again at his house, bar­ri­caded him­self in­side and re­fused to com­ply with in­struc­tions to stop. He is said to have caused po­lice of­fi­cers to force en­try, hin­der­ing them in their duty to pro­tect the pub­lic.

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