Row with fam­ily af­ter pub night

Shouted and swore at his mother

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

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.

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