Sentence deferred on man who made threats to his wife

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A drunk man told his wife he was going to get his sons from Dumfries to “sort her out”.

Colin Service admitted making abusive comments and threatening violence at Whitehaugh View on December 7. The accused had gone to the pub for the afternoon.

Depute fiscal Tessa Bradley told Selkirk Sheriff Court: “He telephoned his wife and said he was going to get his sons to come from Dumfries and sort her out.”

The 48-year-old returned home at 7pm, sat on the sofa, and began shouting at his wife.

When he went through to the kitchen she could hear him banging doors of the kitchen units. “She was alarmed as she thought he was looking for a knife or some similar item,” explained Ms Bradley. “All was quiet when police arrived, and the accused answered the door, saying everything was okay,” she concluded.

“He had been out drinking and came home and there was a stupid, drunken,argument,” said defence solicitor Heather Stewart. “They have been married for two years and he has no idea why there should be any suggestion he was going to look for a knife,” she added. “He was making himself something to eat.

Service was released to an address at Hillview Crescent, Annan. He was granted bail with a condition not to enter Whitehaugh View or Havelock Street in Hawick.

Sentence was deferred for reports until January 16 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court.