Female motorist's terrifying ordeal in Larbert

A drunken offender jammed his hands through a car window and then forced his way into the car to stop a woman driving away.

By Court Reporter
Sunday, 24th January 2021, 4:21 pm
Updated Sunday, 24th January 2021, 4:30 pm

Johnathan Doss (26) then threw the woman’s phone away when she tried to call police.

Doss appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday having admitted behaving in a threatening manner in Crookston Court, Larbert on January 5 last year.

Procurator fiscal depute Rachel Wallace said: “It was 9.30pm and the complainer saw the accused in the street as she was attempting to turn and park her vehicle. The accused approached shouting swearing.

Doss appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court after admitting threatening behaviour

"He forced his hand through a gap in the window, grabbing the steering wheel to prevent her from leaving and forcing the window down. At this point the accused forced his body into the window, pushing her against the head rest, calling her a dirty slag.

“She got out of the vehicle and the accused grabbed her by the wrists. The car was abandoned on the roads and she called the police and gave them details. The accused then took the phone and ended the call.

“He answered police when they called back. He claimed the complainer had overreacted and the police were not required. The accused continued to grip her wrists until the end of the call.

“He then threw the phone onto the street. Police attended at the location and the accused was arrested. He told police ‘you have got this wrong’.”

Murray Aitken, defence solicitor, said: “He’s a first offender with no previous convictions. The relationship is now at an end. This was the terminal point of the relationship on this day and he’s had no contact with her since then.

"He does seem to be genuinely remorseful. He had spent most of the day drinking alcohol and this had an impact on the way he conducted himself on this occasion.”

Sheriff Christopher Shead placed Doss on a restriction of liberty order to stay in his Flat 4, Aurelia Court, Motherwell home between 7pm and 7am for the next three-and-a-half months. He was also made subject to a non-harassment order not to contact the woman for 12 months.