Drunken man who ‘rampaged about his home’ is admonished

A DRUNKEN man who threw a knife while rampaging about his home, striking internal walls, was admonished after the court heard he had been of good behaviour during six months of deferred sentence.

Fifty-one-year-old James Blair of Eildon Road, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at his home on August 5 last year.

The court heard how Blair and his wife had been at home drinking with two others, when an argument developed.

He began shouting and swearing, punching the walls, and throwing a knife.

Depute fiscal Kate McGarvey told a previous hearing the accused’s wife was very concerned by his behaviour, and police found her “distraught” when they arrived.

Solicitor Iain Burke, defending, said his client has never left the house with the knife.

He said his client had argued with a man “not unknown to the court, and who can be aggressive with drink.”

“There was no physical confrontation, but the red mist descended, and things got out of hand,” said Mr Burke. The accused was rampaging about his house, being foolish, and saying stupid things,” he continued.

“His wife was not in any fear for her own safety, but was upset by what was going on. Drink was a significant contributory factor.

“I appreciate that a knife being involved would cause concern, but there was no threat of injury with the knife, and he never left his home with it.”

Last Friday, Sheriff Ray McMennanan admonished Blair, after hearing there had been no further trouble.