Jail for man who twice forced his way into a stranger’s flat

Cupar Sheriff Court.
Cupar Sheriff Court.

A man who subjected two young women to a frightening ordeal in the early hours of the morning has been jailed for four months.

Christopher Anderson forced his way into a flat and became aggressive when he was told to leave, Cupar Sheriff Court has heard.

They went outside to escape him but when they returned he was fast asleep on the bed - and was still there when the police arrived.

Anderson (31), of 23 Station Park, Lower Largo, had earlier admitted repeatedly forcing his way into a flat in South Street, St Andrews, on October 6 last year, refusing to leave when asked to do so and shouting and swearing.

The court was told that one of the women, aged 21, was making her way home from a party at 3.25am when the accused stopped her in Bell Street and asked her the way to South Street.

He appeared to be very drunk and confused, depute fiscal Joanne Smith said.

She pointed out where it was before heading to her friend’s flat. At about 3.50am she was sitting on the stairs to the flat when there was a knock at the door.

“She went to answer it but there was nobody there,” said Ms Smith.

“She looked out into the street and saw the accsed, who ran towards her and past her into the flat.

“She asked two males who were walking by to assist her and the accused was asked to leave, which he eventually did, and she locked the door.”

A short time later there was another knock and the accused forced his way in. The two women stood at the top of the stairs continually asking him to leave but he became aggressive and swore at them.

They went outside to call the police, who arrived to find them shaken and Anderson still asleep on the bed.

Defence agent Gordon Spence said Anderson was ‘mortified and embarrassed’ by his behaviour.

“The over-use of alcohol was clearly the principal issue,” he said.

Passing sentence, Sheriff Charles Macnair told Anderson: “I consider this to be an extremely serious offence. People are entitled to security in their own homes.”