Branded a “menace to the public”

A 25-year-old man has been branded a “menace to the public” by a sheriff.

Gala Park in Galashiels.
Gala Park in Galashiels.

Mark McCarry appeared from custody at Selkirk Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to threatening or abusive behaviour in the Gala Park area of Galashiels on Saturday.

McCarry, who gave an address in Kelso, was spotted kicking doors in a block of flats on three occasions at 1.30am, 3.30am and 1.30pm.

He was put out of the building by two men on the last occasion and began shouting and swearing.

The court was told that McCarry was heard to shout:”You are getting petrol bombed” and “you’re getting stabbed,” adding “I’m going to get my boys. You are going to get done.”

Police were called and as McCarry was being arrested he claimed it had all been taken out of context, saying he had been attacked.

Defence lawyer Ross Dow said: “For what it is worth, these were empty threats.”

Sheriff Robert Fife looked over McCarry’s extensive list of previous convictions and said: “He is a menace to the public.”

He deferred sentence for background reports until September 22 and placed McCarry on a night-time home curfew between the hours of 7pm and 6am.