Tain Sheriff Court has heard how a man brandished a knife in a threatening manner through the window of his house in Balintore shouting at a passer-by: “I’m going to stab you”.
The court heard how Lee Sharkey brandished a bread knife in Abbotshaven at the man, who it was claimed, was involved in relationship with his Sharkey’s ex-partner.
Depute Fiscal Roderick Urquhart told Sheriff David Hall that two people were walking on the pavement passing the home of Sharkey about 9.30pm on the evening of Sunday, May 27, when Sharkey shouted at them to come in.
“He came to the window brandishing a bread knife,” said the fiscal.
He said the men continued walking but Sharkey and one of the men, Darren MacAngus, began shouting at each other.
Another witness who arrived at the scene saw Sharkey open a window shouting: “I’m going to stab you.”
Sharkey (28) of Abbotshaven, Balintore admitted on May 26 behaving in an abusive or threatening manner likely to cause fear and alarm, shouting and threatening violence towards Darren MacAngus and brandishing a knife or similar instrument.
Mr Urquhart said Sharkey claimed to the police that he had been holding a grill pan handle and not a knife.
Aileen Macinnes, solicitor, said Mr MacAngus had been involved with a former partner of Sharkey and he had been ‘winding’ Sharkey up in relation to that.
Ms Macinnes added: “Sharkey was in his house and saw Mr MacAngus outside. He (Sharkey) was preparing a meal. The knife was in his hand for cooking purposes.”
The solicitor said Sharkey, who had problems with alcohol throughout his life, had been out of trouble for a year and he was now on good terms with his ex-partner.
Sheriff Hall sentenced Sharkey to 75 hours of community service.