Man jailed for 40 days for threatening behaviour

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A Rothesay man who admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause others fear and alarm by shouting and swearing at members of the public was jailed for 40 days at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

George Smart (44), address given as Flat 2/2, 16 Castlehill Street, Rothesay, pleaded guilty to committing the offence from the window of his top floor flat late in the evening of September 8.

The court heard that police had seen a group of people standing outside the accused’s flat shouting up at him, and saw Smart at his front window shouting “f*** off you b******s” and challenging them to come upstairs to see him.

Smart refused to allow police into his flat, and officers eventually had to ram the door to gain entry; they found him intoxicated and behaving erratically, although an on-call doctor decided Smart was fit to be detained.

Robert Dundas, defending, said Smart accepted that he had continued in his behaviour after police got involved, but said his client was often disturbed by the activities of people outside the pub below.

Sheriff Anderson told Smart, who was brought to court from Gateside prison in Greenock, where he is currently on remand in connection with a separate incident, his sentence would have been 60 days but for his guilty plea.