Bainsford thief threatened to kill Lidl staff after being caught stealing

A thief threatened to burn down a Lidl store and kill its staff after he was caught stealing.

On a separate occasion, Hugh Curran (64), 7 Buchanan Court, Bainsford, also threw a sandwich at a Greggs employee, spat at the woman and racially harassed the worker.

Curran appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday having pleaded guilty to pinching food from Lidl, Ronades Road, Bainsford, on September 6 last year and behaving threateningly by shouting and repeatedly threatening violence towards staff and police.

He’d also admitted assaulting a woman at Greggs, Carron Road, Bainsford, on September 10, 2020 by launching a sandwich at her and spitting on her, as well as swearing and making offensive remarks to the staff member.

Hugh Curran threatened to burn down Lidl in Bainsford after he was caught stealing food. Picture: Michael Gillen.

Procurator fiscal depute Kristina Kelly told the court the value of Curran’s initial shoplifting charge was £21.

Ms Kelly said: “On being challenged the accused became abusive, calling police officers ‘pigs’.

“He also made a threat to burn the store down and kill the store staff.”

Detailing the September 10 offence, the fiscal depute added: “The accused went into the store, selected a sandwich and left without paying.

“He returned later and threw it at one of the witnesses but it didn’t hit her. He thereafter spat on her trouser leg.”

Defence solicitor Dick Sandeman said his client had been remanded since November 30.

Sheriff Christopher Shead placed Curran under supervision for 18 months and made him subject to a six-month restriction of liberty order during which time he must not leave his home between 9pm and 8am for six days a week.

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