Drunken thug locked up for 200 days af­ter hurl­ing Irn-Bru bot­tles

Man threat­ened shop work­ers who caught him steal­ing

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A drunken yob sparked may­hem by chuck­ing bot­tles of Irn- Bru at store work­ers dur­ing a shoplift­ing spree.

An­drew Michie, 33, made threats and threw bot­tles of the fizzy drink at su­per­mar­ket staff when they caught him steal­ing al­co­hol.

Michie ap­peared from cus­tody at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court for sen­tenc­ing af­ter plead­ing guilty to the of­fences, which hap­pened at Tesco in Glas­gow’s Hope Street on May 5.

The ac­cused, of Lily­bank Wynd, John­stone, also ad­mit­ted a sep­a­rate charge of pub­lic dis­or­der and mak­ing ho­mo­pho­bic re­marks to­wards po­lice when he was ar­rested in Pais­ley on Oc­to­ber 10.

The court heard Michie was placed on Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der, which he had breached, and su­per­vi­sion of the pun­ish­ment had been trans­ferred to Pais­ley.

Fis­cal de­pute Hazel Em­mer­son told the court: “Wit­nesses work­ing at the lo­cus ob­served the ac­cused en­ter­ing the shop.

“He was stag­ger­ing about and ap­peared to be un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.

“A short time later a wit­ness be­came aware he was re­fused the sale of al­co­hol.

“The wit­ness no­ticed he picked up two cans of Jack Daniels and cola and a bot­tle of cider.”

How­ever, Michie “kicked off” when he was chal­lenged by staff for at­tempt­ing to leave the store af­ter mak­ing no at­tempt to pay for the drinks.

The court heard he be­gan shout­ing and bawl­ing abuse.

The fis­cal added: “He be­came ver­bally abu­sive to a mem­ber of staff, say­ing ‘ I will knock your glasses off.’

“The ac­cused also warned an­other mem­ber of staff ‘ You bet­ter watch your­self when you fin­ish your shift.’

“He left the shop and threw bot­tles of Irn- Bru through the front door. He even at­tempted to get back in.”

Michie was also un­der the in­flu­ence when he was ar­rested in the town’s Ren­frew Road last month and was en route to Greenock Po­lice Sta­tion when he made ho­mo­pho­bic slurs to cops.

De­fence agent Terry Gal­lanagh said: “The root of all the prob­lems in his of­fend­ing his­tory has been al­co­hol and drugs.

“If he has any hope of en­gag­ing with the pub­lic, as so­ci­ety ex­pects, this re­quires to be ad­dressed.”

Sher­iff Tom McCart­ney said: “Given your record of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and your fail­ure to com­ply with the Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der, there is no al­ter­na­tive dis­posal to cus­tody.”

He sen­tenced Michie to 200 days be­hind bars.

Con­cern Fraser Car­lin

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