Stenhousemuir thug attacked woman in front of her daughter (4)

A drunken and violent offender attacked an ice cream van and then turned his aggression towards a womannote-0.

By Court Reporter
Sunday, 30th May 2021, 10:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 7:36 am

Darren McDonald, 30, appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday having admitted assaulting the woman at an address in Overton Crescent, Denny on November 18 last year. He also pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner in Southview, Stenhousemuir on July 12, 2019.

Rebecca Reid, procurator fiscal depute, said: “It was 8.45pm and the witness was driving his ice cream van. As he was driving up to the junction he saw the accused walking in the middle of the road, apparently under the influence of drink or drugs.

"The accused pointed at him and acted aggressively towards him, as if he wanted a fight.”

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McDonald appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Thursday to answer for the assault he committed

Due to traffic coming the other way, the driver of the ice cream van was unable to get past McDonald, who by this time had come up alongside the vehicle.

"The accused started shouting at him,” said the procurator fiscal depute. “He was telling him to get out of his van and fight him. The witness was now able to drive on, but as he did so the accused punched the near side vending window with force.”

Over a year later McDonald’s temper got the better of him again.

The procurator fiscal depute said: “The witness and the accused had been in a relationship for five years. It was 7pm and she was in the bedroom.

"The accused entered and grabbed the witness, throwing her against a wall, causing her head to be knocked on the wall’.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston noted McDonald had been involved in seven domestic abuse call outs.

He placed McDonald, 26 Ladeside Crecent, Stenhousemuir, on a supervised community payback order for two years and made him subject to a restriction of liberty order which means he will remain in his home between 7pm and 6.30am for the next six months.

He was also placed on a non-harassment order for 18 months not to enter his victim’s address in Overton Crescent, Denny.