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Emylie Howie

Linwood man punched wall and asked cops if they thought he was "a dafty"

A Linwood man who called 999 when police were at his door asked cops if they thought he was “a dafty.”

Gerald Carberry, of Kintyre Avenue, admitted that on January 30 at his home address he did shout, swear, utter threats and punch a wall.

At the time of the offence, Carberry, 55, was also subject to a bail order

The procurator fiscal depute told Paisley Sheriff Court: “Around 3.30pm on January 29, the accused contacted police regarding an unrelated matter.

“Through the course of the day, officers tried to trace the accused.

“Around 11pm, officers spoke with the accused on the phone and during the call he sounded intoxicated.

“Police were requested to trace the accused at that point.

“Shortly after midnight the accused contacted police via 999 stating there were people banging on his door.

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“The call handler informed the accused it was the police at the door and Carberry became argumentative and ended the call.

“Police officers shouted through the letterbox they were police officers at his door and the accused didn’t respond at all.

“It was decided that police would have to force entry and they did.

“On gaining entry they engaged with the accused and he began shouting, ‘Do you think I’m a f*****g dafty?’ ‘I’ll show you I’m not a f*****g dafty’ ‘I’m not a f*****g idiot, I will show you.’

“Whilst shouting, the accused punched a wall and he was cautioned and charged and made no reply.

Defence solicitor Linzi Galbraith explained that Carberry was suffering from mental health problems at the time of the offence. She explained: “This was a rather unfortunate events where Mr Carberry was struggling significantly with his mental health.

“Just nine days prior to this, he contacted his GP for mental health support.

“He has had appointments for this since the incident.”

Sheriff Lindsay Kooner said: “A short time prior to this offence, and of your own validation you sought help from your GP for your mental health difficulties and I’ve seen a letter that shows you are cooperating with that.”

Sheriff Kooner deferred sentence for six months for Carberry to be of good behaviour.

He will return to court in June 2022 for sentencing.

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