Kirkcaldy man jailed after struggle in chip shop

A man who admitted seizing a man by the clothing, struggling with him at a Kirkcaldy chip shop and threatening his ex-partner has been jailed for seven months.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 12:35 pm

Paul Greig, of Valley Gardens, Kirkcaldy appeared before Sheriff Kevin Veal at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Greig admitted on December 1, 2020 at Paul’s Chip Shop in South Row, Kirkcaldy he acted in an aggressive manner towards a man, seized him by the clothing, struggled with him, repeatedly shouted, swore and gesticulated towards him placing him and another in a state of fear and alarm.

He further admitted on March 26 this year at an address in Kilda Crescent, Kirkcaldy he attempted to contact his former partner by telephone and acted in an aggressive manner towards her, making threats.

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Paul Greig, of Valley Gardens, Kirkcaldy appeared at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

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The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court the victim mentioned in the first charge was a friend of Greig’s former partner.

"He approached the witness, grabbed the front of his jacket and made a comment about sleeping with his girlfriend.

"The witness attempted to get away from the accused, running behind a counter. The accused followed him and was shouting and swearing. Police were called.”

In relation to the second charge the Procurator Fiscal Depute said the accused and the complainer had been in a relationship for a few years but that this had now ended: “The complainer received a phone call just after midnight and a voicemail was left.

"The accused was recognised from the message and stated that if the complainer did not answer her phone he was going to come to her home and burn everything in her garden shed.”

Greig’s defence lawyer said his client had not planned to engage with the witness but when he saw him that day he ‘saw red’: “He recognises his behaviour was inappropriate and he recognises he has jeopardised his liberty. He has been alcohol and drug free since his release from custody. From time to time he can be hot-headed but in my dealings with him I have found him to be polite and respectful.”

He said these offences happened after a prolonged period of good behaviour.

However, Sheriff Veal jailed Greig for seven months.

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