Kirkcaldy man 'threatened to kill' Bank of Scotland staff member

A man who ‘threatened to kill’ a staff member at a Bank of Scotland branch in Kirkcaldy is due to be sentenced at the end of May.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 12:25 pm

Darren Allan, of Sutherland Place, Kirkcaldy, appeared before Sheriff Pino Di Emidio at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Allan, 40, admitted on February 8 this year at Bank of Scotland in Carberry Road, Kirkcaldy he behaved in a threatening manner by shouting, swearing, acting in an aggressive manner, threatening people with violence and refusing to desist when requested to do so.

The Procurator Fiscal Depute told the court: “The accused attended at the Bank of Scotland wishing to open an account and believed he had held accounts there previously.

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The offence took place at the Bank of Scotland, Carberry Road, Kirkcaldy. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

"He sat down with an adviser but the adviser was having difficulty finding his previous accounts. The accused became angry and shouted: ‘You should watch when you finish work tonight, watch when you go to your car. I will be there and I will make sure I kill you’.

"Police officers attended and the accused told them: ‘I said things I should not have said. I never intended to act on them. I was trying to open a bank account and they were interrogating me. I was upset I could not get my Universal Credit sorted.”

Allan’s defence agent said: “This was an offence which was a result of frustration but it does not excuse the language used.

The offence took place at the Bank of Scotland, Carberry Road, Kirkcaldy. Pic: Fife Photo Agency.

"He had just been released from prison and been allocated an address. He does not have any family support.

"There was no bank account in place although he previously held one. He had tried to make a claim for Universal Credit. He was told he had to have a bank account before it could be processed.

"He became frustrated when the adviser could not find his accounts.”

He added: “He has apologised for his behaviour and understands it was not appropriate as this was a place of work.”

Sheriff Di Emidio said: “I am going to defer sentence for three months for you to be of good behaviour. I am putting you in a position of trust that you will not repeat this.

"People at their place of work do not deserve to be spoken to in this way. “

Sentence was deferred until May 27.

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