Man had been drinking, court told

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If a man does not adhere to the rules of his Community Payback Order, he will go to jail, Sheriff Patrick Hughes warned at the January sitting of Campbeltown Sheriff Court.

Neil Anthony Piercy, aged 58, of Ryshott, Pennygown Farm Road, Southend, had previously admitted charges of threatening or abusive behaviour when he shouted and swore in October last year at his home towards his partner, and also towards police officers during the journey in a police vehicle taking him from Southend to Lochgilphead Police Station.

Procurator fiscal depute James Dunbar said both Piercy and his partner had been drinking on the day in question and that he was not seeking a non-harassment order as the parties had reconciled.

At an earlier hearing, Sheriff Patrick Hughes had called for a Criminal Justice Social Work report and a Restriction of Liberty Order assessment to be prepared on Piercy prior to sentencing.

Piercy’s defence agent Derek Buchanan said: ‘Since returning to the family home, there have been no difficulties. I understand the relationship continues; both parties want it to continue.’

Sheriff Hughes imposed a Community Payback Order for 18 months’ supervision, during which time Piercy must work closely with a social worker to examine his behaviour and ensure that there is no reoffending.

‘This is a direct alternative to custody; if it does not work out, you will be imprisoned,’ the sheriff warned.

One of the charges will call again for sentencing at the April sitting of the court and, until then, the sheriff ordered Piercy to be of good behaviour and ‘to start saving up’ to pay for his fine.