Man is jailed af­ter flat hostage taunt to cops

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - COURT RE­PORTER

A Ruther­glen man has been jailed af­ter he claimed he had a hostage and gun and caused armed of­fi­cers, a dog unit and po­lice he­li­copter to be called.

Nathan Pad­den, 29, smashed the toi­let in his Strath­cona Place flat with a ma­chete and caused a dis­tur­bance which led to of­fi­cers rac­ing to the scene.

Back-up was sum­moned when he claimed to have a weapon and hostage in­side.

The dam­age to the toi­let led to £40,000 of drugs be­ing found in the prop­erty.

At Glas­gow Sher­iff Court last week, Pad­den pled guilty to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner on Septem­ber 16 and five charges of be­ing con­cerned in the sup­ply of drugs in­clud­ing heroin, MDMA and cannabis.

Sher­iff Martin Jones QC said: “You have been re­al­is­tic about this, your so­lic­i­tor pre­sented your mit­i­ga­tion on that ba­sis,” and jailed Pad­den for two and a half years.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Mark Al­lan said around 10.30pm po­lice were called to the dis­tur­bance be­cause a man was heard shout­ing, swear­ing and smash­ing glass.

He said when po­lice ar­rived, they heard the com­mo­tion and mem­bers of the pub­lic came out from the com­mon close to see what was hap­pen­ing.

Pad­den was spot­ted at the his bath­room win­dow with a ma­chete, caus­ing “ex­ten­sive dam­age”.

Mr Al­lan said Pad­den was “con­tained” in his house with po­lice on ei­ther side of the door.

The court heard he shouted “I’ve got a gun” and “I’ve got a hostage”.

The prosecutor added: “Po­lice made ef­forts to ne­go­ti­ate, ask­ing him to drop the ma­chete but he re­fused and con­tin­ued to strike the toi­let win­dow frame.

Scene Armed of­fi­cers raced to Strath­cona Place as a po­lice he­li­copter hov­ered over­heard af­ter the man’s threats

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