A yob high on a cocktail of drink and drugs turned up outside his ex-girlfriend’s house in Haldane brandishing a knife.
Steven McCormack was banging on the window with one hand – and holding the blade in the other after downing beer, vodka and Valium.
The 23-year-old then threatened to kill police who arrived to arrest him.
McCormack claimed he couldn’tremember committing the crimes, but pleaded guilty to possession of the kitchen knife and making threats when he appeared at DumbartonSheriff Court last week.
Procurator fiscal depute Danny Kelly told the court police officers were called to an address in Glen Avenue just before midnight on August 7. He said: “They saw the accused standing in the garden. He was looking into the ground floor window. He was banging the window with one hand and, in the other hand, he had the knife.
“Police officers approached theaccused and, as they did so, he threw the knife to his feet and walked away. The officers followed him. He was heavily under the influence of alcohol.
“At that point, the accused started to shout and swear at the officers including threats of violence with the words, ‘I’ll f****** murder you’.
“The officers attempted to calm him down but were unable to do so and he was placed under arrest. He continued to shout and swear as he was escorted to the police vehicle.”
Defence lawyer Douglas McAllister told the court his client had “no realrecollection of the incident” and couldn’t explain his actions. He said: “He tells me that he had taken acocktail of alcohol and drugs, that he had consumed beer and then vodka and had been drinking for the best part of the day and evening.
“He had also taken Valium notprescribed to him.
“The address is that of his ex-girlfriend and she lives there with her family. He can’t explain why he was there.
“He is remorseful and regrets hisinvolvement in this offence.”
The court heard McCormack was described as a “vulnerable individual” with psychiatric problems.
Sheriff Simon Fraser said: “Your condition that night is no excuse. You have clearly gone out with what, if used, would be a devastating weapon.
“You were clearly in a very hostile state of mind that night.”
McCormack was jailed for eight months.