A man has been ordered to pay out £250 at Jedburgh Sheriff Court after admitting sending abusive and offensive messages to his mother because she would not give him any money.
Greg Bain, 36, pleaded guilty to sending the offensive messages via Facebook from a house in Hawick’s Lothian Street on July 30.
Graham Fraser, prosecuting, said the accused had a substantial number of previous convictions and was on benefits, adding that his mother is 65 years old.
He said: “I imagine she does not have that much money, but he was still asking her for money.
“It started about 2.15pm on Facebook, and the messages became abusive. They included ‘I hope you die in hospital’ and ‘when I see you, you are going to get a punch in the face’.
“When she told him to stop sending the messages or she would report him to the police, he sent another message saying ‘go on then. I will come to your door with a blade’.”
When interviewed by police, Bain claimed he was only winding his mother up and did not realise she was taking the threats seriously.
Defence lawyer Ross Dow admitted: “He went too far on this occasion, but I am satisfied they were empty threats.”
Bain, of Hawick, was fined £150 by sheriff Peter Paterson and ordered to pay £100 compensation to his mother.