Larbert lout lost the plot after dog walk

An offender of “limited intelligence” lost his temper with his partner on the way home from walking the dog and ended up pulling her to the ground.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 3:35 pm

Appearing from custody via video link at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday, Brian Ferguson (30) had pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner at his 18 Charlotte Hill Court, Larbert home on March 28.

Procurator fiscal depute Amy Sneddon said: “It was 1pm and the witnesses – the accused’s father and the accused’s partner – left the address to take their dogs for a walk. While on the walk an argument broke out between the parties.

"At 1.30pm the accused’s father made his way back to the address followed by the accused and his partner. At the address the accused’s father informed them they were not welcome to come into the address.

Ferguson appeared from custody via video link at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday

"At this point the accused began to kick and bang the garden gate and was shouting. Witnesses at another address nearby heard the argument and looked out of their window to see the accused had turned his attention to his partner and began shouting and swearing at her.

"Further witnesses within their car in the street could see the accused and the woman arguing and contacted police. They saw the accused grab her by the clothing and throw her onto the ground.

"Police attended and the accused was traced in a nearby street.”

The court heard Ferguson, who was said to have limited intelligence and the learning capacity of a 12 or 13-year-old, had been in custody for a month.

It was also stated Ferguson had a number of domestic offences on his record and had been in custody before.

Sheriff Derek Livingston said: “Various things have been tried with you but you haven’t co-operated with court orders. You have reached the end of the road – there is no point imposing another order in the community.”

Ferguson was sent to prison for four months back dated to March 29. He was also made subject to a non harassment order not to have any contact with his former partner for 12 months.