Denny man sent threatening messages and made violent threats to women

A Denny man has had his freedom restricted after he sent threatening messages to two women.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Kevin Burden, 13 Brewster Place, Denny, repeatedly sent offensive texts to his former partner on September 8, 2020.

He also left her a voicemail in which he demanded money and made threats of violence.

Burden also sent threatening messages to another woman and uttered violent threats during a call made on the same day.

Denny resident Kevin Burden received a restriction of liberty order when he appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court. Picture: Michael Gillen.

The 46-year-old appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday. His defence solicitor said Burden pleaded guilty at an intermediate diet.

The solicitor told Sheriff Derek Hamilton his client lives on his own and has no outstanding offences, but “does have a record”.

The lawyer continued: “Prior to 2016, there had been a lot of offences, mainly for public disorder.

“He ended up in prison. As a result, he came out a reformed man. He realised drink was an issue and abstained for a long period of time.

“Over the last year he’d been experiencing family problems. He was very close with his family.

“His mother wasn’t speaking to him and he wasn't sleeping. He turned to alcohol.”

The solicitor told Sheriff Hamilton that Burden could afford to pay a fine at £40 per month.

However, the Sheriff replied: “I’m not keen to impose financial penalties when someone is on Universal Credit.”

Burden was instead placed under a three-month restriction of liberty order, during which he must remain home between 5pm and 5am daily.

The order was modified from four months due to the timing of his guilty plea.

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