Aug 17 2011 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A MAN who took the huff after being refused beer money responded by chucking garden ornaments through his mum’s living room window.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard last Wednesday how Kevin Mackie (27) had been on an eight-hour boozing session but later turned up at his mum’s home in Mossgiel Avenue, Cowie, at around 9.30pm to ask for more cash to go back to the pub.
His drunken pleas were refused by those at the house, however, and this triggered his furious reaction, the court heard.
Fiscal depute Sonia Kalkat said: “The accused went upstairs and began demanding money.
“They refused at which point he got angry and went downstairs. The witnesses thereafter heard the sound of smashing glass.
“They saw the accused was standing in the front garden and he was throwing garden ornaments through the living room window.”
Police were called and on arrival found Mackie to be “heavily intoxicated”.
Mackie appeared to have calmed down by this time but flared up again as police were speaking to his mum in the living room.
Ms Kalkat said: “He picked up a large, moulded garden ornament and, before police could stop him, threw this through the already broken window.”
On being taken to the police station, Mackie claimed “there was nobody in the living room”.
The damage caused during the incident on April 1 this year was estimated at £360 by Stirling Council.
Mackie, of Wallace Crescent, Plean, admitted smashing the window and pleaded guilty to another charge of recklessly endangering his mother, who was in the living room at one point.
In court on Wednesday, solicitor Elaine Buist handed over a letter to Sheriff William Gilchrist from Mackie’s mother.
Ms Buist added that Mackie had also “reduced his alcohol intake significantly”.
Having read the letter prior to sentencing, Sheriff Gilchrist told Mackie: “You are fortunate that your mother remains as supportive as she is. She tells me that she is clear that you did not know that she was in the living room when you threw the ornament.”
That said, Sheriff Gilchrist said that there could have been “serious consequences” as a result of Mackie’s behaviour.
The sheriff then imposed a community payback order, under which Mackie will have to complete 180 hours of unpaid work.
A compensation order was also imposed, meaning Mackie will have to fork-out £360 to Stirling Council for the damage he caused.