John Robinson, 49, admitted acting aggressively towards his former partner, repeatedly shouting, swearing and uttering threats of violence and making offensive remarks towards her in Main Street on November 3, 2020.
Last Thursday, Robinson, of 168 Lumley Street, Grangemouth, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court where Sheriff Derek Hamilton was told the victim and another witness had been parked outside their workplace at around 6pm.
Procurator fiscal depute India MacLean said: “They saw the accused who started making a hand gesture, indicating he was going to cut one witness’ face, and started shouting and swearing, saying ‘Cow’, ‘Slut’ and ‘You and your wee boyfriend are getting it’.
“He proceeded to wave a walking stick towards one of the witnesses and then continued to make threats, saying he was going to do in one of the witnesses and her partner.
“Police were contacted. He was cautioned and charged and said, ‘I went into a panic because I was going into a hypo where I was attacked’.”
Defence solicitor Martin Morrow said Robinson pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was diagnosed as suffering from diabetes.
The court heard his medication had changed and Robinson believed he’d suffered a “hypoglycemic episode” and that his ex kicked his car.
His solicitor added: “There was then a fairly frank exchange of views.
“He accepts what he did was wrong and he was at fault.
“The report says he hasn’t been himself mentally or physically and has suffered significant weight loss. He lost six-and-a-half stone in three months.
“There was medical intervention and a number of prescriptions.
“He’s been out of trouble for 14 years. There were two matters of a domestic nature over two months.”
Addressing Robinson, Sheriff Hamilton said: “I’m not amused with the terms of this report. You seem to accept no responsibility for this.
“I don’t see that any illnesses explains this type of behaviour. A financial penalty hasn’t worked.”
Robinson was made subject to a four-month, 6pm-6am restriction of liberty order, modified from six months because of the early plea.
Sheriff Hamilton warned him: “The next step if there’s a further repetition of this sort of behaviour is a custodial sentence.”