Husband's stamping tantrum in Stenhousemuir lands him in court

A domestic offender threatened his wife and ripped a picture off a wall and tried to stand on it during an angry encounter which saw him arrested.

By Court Reporter
Sunday, 13th September 2020, 2:56 pm

Harbhajan Singh (31) was seen to bang on the windows and doors of his partner’s house for almost an hour as he tried to gain access to the property. He had earlier called her a “bitch” and a “cow” during a frightening outburst inside the house, which saw him try to smash up a photograph which he had pulled from a wall.

Singh appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Thursday after having admitted behaving in a threatening manner at a house in Bruce Drive, Stenhousemuir on May 5.

The court heard Singh attended at the complainer’s address and let himself in, going into the living room to speak to the children.

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Singh appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court to receive his punishment last Thursday

Singh’s wife attempted to get him into the kitchen so she could talk to him alone.

“The witness asked the accused if he would like to take the children out for a walk,” said the procurator fiscal depute. “He said he did. She told him their aunt was coming down and the accused became aggressive.

“He grabbed a picture off the wall shouting ‘this cow’ and ‘this woman ruined my life’. He then called the witness a bitch and a cow. He continued to shout and tried to stand on the picture.

“He eventually left the address. However, he returned a short time later and was banging on the windows and the doors. He went to the kitchen window and shouted at the children trying to open the door.

“This conduct lasted for about an hour and as a result the witness called the police. He was arrested and told officers she had invited him, that’s why he was there.”

Defence solicitor Stephen Biggam said: “He is a man with limited appearances at court, but there will be concerned about the way he has behaved and he is aware that all options are available to the court.

“He is someone who would benefit from education in relation to relationship interaction. I’m led to believe the relationship is over and divorce proceedings will ensue.”

Sheriff James MacDonald said: “I’m concerned this is your second domestic offence within the space of a year. I’m similarly concerned at what it seems you have told the social worker in the preparation of this report.

“I share the concerns of the social worker as to what effect your apparent attitude may have upon the risk of further offending, either towards this particular individual or, indeed, any other woman with whom you may have intimate relations in the future.”

Sheriff MacDonald added Singh’s attitude and apparent refusal to consider any community punishments almost tied his hands and pointed the way towards the imposition of a prison sentence.

Sheriff MacDonald placed Singh, 55c Grove Park Street, Glasgow, on a supervised community payback order for two years with the condition he attend the Caledonian domestic abuse programme. He was also ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work within 12 months and made subject to 12-month non-harassment order.