Row with family after pub night
Shouted and swore at his mother
A Thornhill man returned home from the pub and verbally abused relatives.
Stephen Tunstall admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at his Main Street home on September 9.
At Stirling Sheriff Court on Wednesday fiscal depute Ann Orr explained to Sheriff David Mackie that Tunstall, 48, had been living with his mother Margaret at the time.
On the evening of September 9 Mrs Tunstall was at home and the accused had been at a village pub and returned about 10pm.
When he came back Mrs Tunstall made a comment to him and Tunstall shouted at her before going upstairs.
Concerned about matters escalating, Mrs Tunstall went to her daughter-in-law’s house nearby.
When she returned a short time later she heard the accused banging about a bedroom and shouting profanities.
Tunstall subsequently calmed down, said the fiscal depute, and Mrs Tunstall’s daughter-in-law arrived at the house.
The accused came into a room and shouted and swore at the women, calling them both liars.
He calmed down after his sister-in-law left the house but he became disruptive again and his mother called 999, requesting police assistance.
Tunstall overheard the call and told his mother he was going to harm himself. She called police again, asking them to attend quickly.
When officers arrived Tunstall was traced nearby.
When cautioned and charged he said: “I want to apologise.”
His agent told Sheriff David Mackie a special bail condition forbids Tunstall from going to his mother’s house.
He is with his brother nearby, where his mother vists him almost every day.
Tunstall had offered his apologies to his mother and they are reconciled, the solicitor said. He hopes to return to his mother’s home.
The agent said the matter was “a one-off, out of character event.”
Tunstall had “a very limited criminal record” and the lawyer asked for sentence to be deferred for good behaviour.
Sheriff Mackie agreed. He told Tunstall he was sorry the matter had ended up in court and told him that he hoped the police report would be clear when he next appeared at court.
Sentence was deferred until January 30 and the bail order was revoked.