Sep 9 2011 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Friday
A MAN who booted his parents’ door after turning up at their house drunk has been given the chance to show he can stay out of trouble.
George Battison (43) turned up at the address in Crofthead Court, Stirling, on August 15 this year and started to make a nuisance of himself, Stirling Sheriff Court heard on Wednesday.
Fiscal depute Catherine Knowles said that police were contacted at around 4pm.
She added: “On attending, police traced the accused and noted that he was under the influence of alcohol.
“Police thereafter spoke to two witnesses that had the same surname as the accused.
“They said that they didn’t want to make a formal complaint, they just wanted him to leave.”
Battison did leave but was back within just five or ten minutes and began banging on the door and shouting “let me f****** in”.
The fiscal depute added: “Police attended and they traced the accused. He was placed under arrest.”
Battison later pleaded guilty to a breach of the peace charge.
Solicitor Stephen Maguire said that Battison had been asked to leave quietly and to come back when he was sober.
Mr Maguire added: “His recollection of events is limited due to the amount of alcohol that he had consumed.
“He was looking for a roof over his head that day but how he went about it was unacceptable.”
The solicitor said that Battison was now living in homeless accommodation in Bannockburn Road, Cowie, and had since got back on speaking terms with his parents.
The court was also told that Battison was already the subject of a community payback order with a supervision requirement.
Mr Maguire added: “He acknowledges that this was a serious glitch and that it was committed in he face of an existing order.”
Sheriff Wyllie Robertson told Battison: “Clearly you were making a nuisance of yourself at your parents’ house that day.”
The sheriff noted, however, that the existing court order was progressing to address Battison’s alcohol abuse and he was therefore prepared to defer the matter for six months for him to be of good behaviour.
But Sheriff Robertson warned him: “I don’t want to see any repetition of this. If there is, then custody looms large for you.”
Sentence was then deferred until March next year for Battison to be of good behaviour.