Jan 18 2012 Airdrie & Coatbridge
A BOOZED-UP thug pleaded guilty to verbally abusing his former partner after he turned up at her house and demanded cigarettes.
Martin McKenzie (48) of Woodside Street, Kirkwood, Coatbridge, went into a foul-mouthed rage after the woman, mother to his four children, kindly let him in to spend the night – despite the fact their relationship had ended.
His actions on December 12 at Peel Place, also Kirkwood, resulted in a one-year community payback order.
McKenzie admitted behaving in a “threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm” by shouting and swearing, acting aggressively and threatening his victim with violence.
Fiscal depute Neil Martin said: “At around 11pm, the witness, who was the partner of the accused, was at home with her five children. The relationship had recently ended. The witness was in bed at time and the accused, who had been drinking alcohol, turned up and she let him in to sleep in the house overnight.
“She made some food and he said, ‘I don’t f***ing want that’.
“He began asking her for cigarettes, saying, ‘f*** sake give me a fag. I know you have got f***ing fags’.
“An argument ended with the police being called and they arrived and stopped him while he was leaving.”
Defence lawyer Darran Khorasani admitted his client had been foolish to turn up at the house at all.
But although McKenzie could remember little from the evening’s events, the lawyer pointed out that he accepted he was in the wrong.
Mr Khorasani said: “It was not the cleverest idea to attend (the house) when he was under the influence of alcohol.
“I’m advised that, although he does not fully recollect what happened, he does recall that he was frustrated that he was asked to sleep on the couch, which was not the usual arrangement.
“He doesn’t recall what happened but does accept responsibility.”
Before sentencing McKenzie, Sheriff John C Morris told him that he was “very close to going back to jail”.
The sheriff then placed the accused on a community payback order which involves attending appointments with a supervising officer for one year.
McKenzie was also told to meet integrated addiction services staff in order to deal with his alcoholism.