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Drunk dad shouted and put pizza through cat flap

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A Mother­well man caused car­nage at the fam­ily home while on a two-day drink­ing binge.

Kevin Hast­ings, shouted at his part­ner and son and drunk­enly pushed a pizza through their cat flap at Mount Oliphant Cres­cent in Ayr.

Ayr Sher­iff Court heard the 49- year- old left the fam­ily home a num­ber of times over a two-day pe­riod last month.

Hast­ings, of Hat­ton Court, Mother­well, told his eight- yearold son to ‘shut up’ when the boy asked him not to drink and called his part­ner ‘f***ing lazy’.

The self em­ployed joiner slammed a door upon leav­ing on March 12 and re­turned later with a pizza.

He was told he was not to en­ter the house and pro­ceeded to push slices of pizza through the cat flap.

The court heard his child pleaded with his mother to con­tact the po­lice who at­tended and found Hast­ings in the pas­sen­ger seat of a car in the drive­way.

Hast­ings’ solic­i­tor told the court that his client had been iden­ti­fied as an al­co­holic many years ago and had been sober for seven years.

The solic­i­tor said: “He hadn’t touched a drink in seven years un­til this episode.

“He’s deeply ashamed and doesn’t have any ex­cuse to his be­hav­iour.

“He has re­turned to Al­co­holics Anony­mous and has not taken a drink since.

Sher­iff Carole Cun­ning­hame queried the trig­ger to his be­hav­iour.

She added: “Very dis­tress­ing cir­cum­stances for your part­ner and son.

“Clearly there’s some trig­ger and these prob­lems don’t go away with­out as­sis­tance.”

Hast­ings pled guilty to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner by shout­ing and ut­ter­ing of­fen­sive re­marks.

He ad­mit­ted re­peat­edly strik­ing a door and push­ing slices of pizza through a cat flap.

Sen­tenc­ing was de­ferred for a later date for Hast­ings to be of good be­hav­iour.

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