Glenrothes man ordered to do unpaid work

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

A drunken incident in the street ended with a Glenrothes man being ordered to carry out a total of 140 hours’ unpaid work.

Thomas Cook (22), of Forres Drive, was dealt with last Thursday at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court, after sentence had been adjourned for a criminal justice social work report.

He had admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm in the town’s Rothes Road on June 17. He shouted, swore, acted aggressively, struck road signs, mounted the bonnet of an unmarked police vehicle and struck its windscreen.

Having committed the offence while on bail, he also admitted a charge of breaching bail by leaving his address during a 7pm-7am curfew.

A depute procurator fiscal said a number of witnesses heard shouting from a wooded area in Rothes Road, Glenrothes, around 11.20pm and became aware of the accused staggering out, apparently under the influence of alcohol.

Witnesses were concerned about him, said the depute, and contacted the police.

They were walking away from him but he approached a road sign and began punching it, saying “You are on the phone to the f-ing police”.

Police arrived and parked their car but Cook ran at it and threw himself on the bonnet, banging both fists on the windscreen, still shouting and swearing. Officers reversed the vehicle away from him and he lay down on the grass verge, still shouting and swearing. He made no reply when cautioned.

A defence agent said Cook had drunk four bottles of Buckfast and could recollect very little of the incident but accepted his responsibility. He was suffering from ADHD and autism and was in a low mood at the time, made worse by the alcohol. Sheriff Simon Collins QC imposed a community payback order of 70 hours unpaid work on each charge.