Mar 23 2012 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Friday
A FORMER platoon commander who served six tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan was jailed for six months.
Kevin Hope (27) had the sentence imposed on Wednesday at Stirling Sheriff Court.
It related to an incident in Brock Place, Bannockburn, on August 26 last year when he banged repeatedly on a door there and damaged a car.
The court also heard that Hope, who had a community payback order imposed only last month for a separate case, had offended again since.
The court order was imposed on February 22 but Hope turned up drunk at an address in Avenue Park, Bridge of Allan, just eight days later.
Fiscal depute Emma Whyte said that Hope had been in a relationship with a woman since October last year.
On the day of the offence he went out in the afternoon and told her that he would be home by midnight.
But he showed up drunk at 1.15am and began banging on the door and shouting that he was going to kick it in.
Police were called about the disturbance but when they showed up Hope ran off.
When he was caught he started struggling with them before he was arrested.
His solicitor told the court that Hope had found things difficult since returning from his tours of duty and had been using alcohol to cope.
The court heard that Hope was formally discharged from the armed forces earlier this month.
The lawyer said that Hope, who appeared from custody this week, intended to stay at an address in Firs Crescent, Bannockburn, if released.
Sheriff William Gilchrist said that he had previously imposed three community payback orders on Hope, the last of these just over a week before he went out and offended again.
The sheriff added: “I think enough is enough.”
Hope was jailed for six months for the offence in Bannockburn on August 26.
He also received a three-month sentence – to be served concurrently – for breaching a bail condition.
Sheriff Gilchrist deferred sentence on the Bridge of Allan offence until June 20.