Sep 30 2011 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Friday
A DRUG-user who went on a midnight wrecking spree in Bridge of Allan was placed on community service this week.
Craig Henderson (22) was in a state of “drug-induced psychosis” when he clambered on to a house roof in the town’s Westerlea Drive on December 31 last year.
Stirling Sheriff Court was told how Henderson had gone berserk and started chucking roof tiles onto cars parked below, damaged a greenhouse and smashed a house window during his rampage.
At Henderson’s previous court appearance back in June, fiscal depute Lindsey Brooks told the court: “The behaviour of the accused first came to the attention of witnesses just after midnight.
“The accused at that time was contacting the police saying that he was being chased and that people were attempting to kill him.
“There was a further call from a witness saying that she had found a man in her garden shouting for help saying that people were trying to kill him.”
Henderson was also heard yelling “fire” before then being seen on the house roof.
Mrs Brooks added: “He was walking backwards and forwards asking someone to call the fire brigade.
“Other witnesses were awoken by footsteps on their roof. They got out of bed because of this and the window above their bed was smashed by the accused. Fortunately, the residents were not injured.”
Henderson then started dislodging roof-tiles, chucking around 15 of these at the parked cars and greenhouse.
Damage to one of the cars and the greenhouse was put at around £3000 alone, while the house window damaged was estimated at just under £1800.
Henderson then refused to engage with police when they arrived at the scene. But he then proceeded to lose his footing while on the roof before toppling off and falling around 15 feet to the ground. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
On later being spoken to by police, he told officers “Sorry for losing my mind. I didn’t mean it, I feel really bad”.
The fiscal depute added: “Essentially, he said that he was having a psychotic episode, was scared and thought that he was going to die.”
Henderson, who had been living in homeless accommodation, pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of the peace and admitted damaging the two cars, house window and greenhouse.
His agent at his previous court appearance said: “His attitude from the outset has been remorseful. He had very little control over what he was doing.”
The court also heard on that occasion that Henderson had “made a remarkable recovery” from his drug problems.
The matter was previously deferred for reports and Henderson was back in court on Wednesday of this week for sentencing.
His solicitor Ken Dalling said that Henderson, of Earls Court, Alloa, had continued to “remain clean of drugs” but had since lost his employment as a gardener, which was seasonal.
Sheriff William Gilchrist imposed a 180 hour community service order for what he said were “serious offences”.
The sheriff also imposed a further 60 hours of unpaid work for a separate breach of the peace, also admitted by Henderson. This related to an incident in Ruskie Road, Stirling, on January 21 this year.