Mar 30 2011 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A BOOZED-UP thug who resisted arrest was sent to prison for blowing his last chance to behave himself.
John Foy (28), of Jackson Court, Coatbridge, was arrested in Hallcraig Street, Airdrie, after causing a disturbance.
Foy pled guilty to three offences and had two not guilty pleas to other charges accepted by the Crown.
He appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court last Wednesday to be sentenced.
Fiscal depute Paul Reynolds said: “The accused came to the attention of police officers who had cause to speak to him.
“They approached him and there was a family nearby.
“As the accused was speaking to police he began shouting and swearing at them, causing the adults to take the children back to their car.
“The police had cause to arrest him and he resisted arrest and assaulted a police officer.
“He said: ‘Yous will get what’s coming to you. That boy Moat down south had it right. Wait till I’m sober I’ll f***ing take you’.”
Referring to background reports, lawyer Stewart Hamilton said: “He has very little recollection of this. He was very much under the influence of drink and has a long-standing drink problem.”
Last Wednesday, the Court heard that Foy has other charges hanging over him, which led Sheriff Morag Galbraith to declare: “It’s not very impressive.”
Mr Hamilton agreed but said his client was taking steps to improve his behaviour.
Foy, the court heard, was attending addiction services on a voluntary basis because he recognised that he had a problem.
The lawyer added: “He told me he has not had any alcohol in the last five weeks. He has chosen to go to the addiction services voluntarily.”
But Sheriff Galbraith was unimpressed by the accused’s behaviour.
She said: “I gave him probation and he has not done anything about it.”
Mr Hamilton suggested a community service order and a further period of probation for his client as an appropriate disposal.
But addressing the accused, Sheriff Galbraith said: “I am not persuaded that there is an alternative to custody. You have been given every opportunity and the Court is not prepared to give you another opportunity.”
Foy was sent to prison for a total of four months.