Knife man jailed after threatening shop staff, police, and court officials

A man who threatened to stab Kirkcaldy shop staff was later found to be in possession of a knife.

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019, 10:36 am
Berry threatened police at Asda. Picture: Google

David Berry then threatened police when arrested at another store and when taken to court in Kirkcaldy he told the fiscal he would find out where he lived and have him stabbed.

Berry (26) currently in prison for other offences, appeared for sentencing in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. He was jailed for an additional 38 months.

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He had previously admitted that on March 21 at the Co-op store, Dunearn Drive, Kirkcaldy, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner by threatening to stab staff and kicked a door.

He also admitted that on March 27 at Asda, Carberry Road, Kirkcaldy, he repeatedly shouted, swore, made threats of violence to police officers and that he was unlawfully in possession of a knife.

Berry further admitted that on March 28 at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court he shouted, swore, made offensive remarks and made threats of violence towards Alistair McDermid, the depute procurator fiscal, by threatening to find out his home address and stab him.

Depute fiscal Claire Bremner told the court in Dunfermline that Berry was seen acting suspiciously at the Co-op store and was asked to leave.

He warned staff he had a needle in his pocket and would stab them with it before kicking the shop door and leaving.

When police went to the Asda store to execute an arrest warrant on Berry, he reacted by making threats such as “I’ll kill you”, “I’ll shoot you” and “I’ll smash your face in”.

When he was taken to the ground and searched, a knife was found in his pocket.

Berry continued to make threats in court the next day and told the depute fiscal: “I’ll have you taken from your house and have you stabbed.”

He also said to the sheriff, “Who do you think you are?”

Defence solicitor Chris Sneddon said, “He has a long history of struggling with drugs and alcohol. He’s very apologetic for his behaviour. He reacted in an appalling way.”

Sheriff Charles MacNair jailed Berry for 38 months to run consecutively to his current term.

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