Thug is fined

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A thug has been fined af­ter he bom­barded his ex girl­friend with vile in­sults and then dodged court over his abusive be­hav­iour.

Mark Laf­ferty tried to smash his way in to ex Dawn Cameron’s home in Can­dren Road, Pais­ley.

He re­peat­edly kicked the door of her home, de­mand­ing to be let in, be­fore en­ter­ing un­in­vited.

He was so out of con­trol on Novem­ber 25, 2017, that he was also charged with as­sault­ing her by push­ing her on the body, caus­ing her to fall to the ground, be­fore ly­ing on top of her and pulling her hair.

Laf­ferty, 34, was due to go on trial at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court yes­ter­day over the in­ci­dent, but struck a deal with pros­e­cu­tors to plead guilty to a charge of threat­en­ing or abusive be­hav­iour and miss­ing a court hear­ing, in ex­change for the as­sault claims be­ing dropped.

Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal De­pute Emma Jef­frey said Laf­ferty called Cameron “a whore” and re­peat­edly called her “a f***** g boot”. be­fore threat­en­ing to stab her neigh­bours.

Sher­iff Seith Ire­land fined him £180, re­duced from £200 as he ad­mit­ted his guilt, and de­ferred sen­tence on him for six months for him to be of good be­hav­iour.

Laf­ferty is to re­turn to the dock in Oc­to­ber to learn his fate.

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