Published: 04/09/2017 15:58 - Updated: 04/09/2017 16:04

Jail for Tain man who threatened elderly mother


Sentence delivered at Inverness Sheriff Court today.
Sentence delivered at Inverness Sheriff Court today.


A TAIN man who frightened his elderly mother with his aggressive and abusive behaviour, forcing her to take refuge in a bedroom on one occasion, has been jailed for nearly seven months.

Police were called out on July 2 and again on August 21 to the Mansfield Estate property David Boyle (41), who has mental health issues, shared with his 74-year-old mother.

On the first occasion officers arrived at 7.15pm to find the elderly women hiding in an upstairs bedroom while Boyle was in an agitated state downstairs.

He threatened to cut his own face, and to cut the face of one of the officers and also slammed his fist on the telephone, causing it to fall to the floor. He was eventually arrested but only after police called for reinforcements.

There was also a struggle during which Boyle dislocated a shoulder.

On the second occasion Boyle returned home at 9pm in an "utter rage", Tain Sheriff Court heard on Monday.

He told his mother that he had stabbed people and threatened to harm her and other members of the family.

Prosecutor Robert Weir said: "His mother became upset and concerned. Police attended at the locus and ultimately in learning of the circumstances, detained Mr Boyle.

Boyle has been on remand since the later offence and appeared from custody at Monday’s court.

He had previously admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear or alarm on July 2 by shouting, swearing and struggling with police.

On Monday, he also pleaded guilty to behaving in a similar manner towards a 74-year-old on August 21, repeatedly uttering threats of violence.

Defence agent Eileen MacInnes said: "Both offences before the court today are remarkably similar and they stem from Mr Boyle’s mental health difficulties.

"The problem is that he lets himself get to crisis point and then, when he is at crisis point, medical services are called to his address and, if medical services are called, police also attend.

"When is in crisis it is his mother and police who are the focus of his abuse."

The lawyer asked that Boyle be given a community based disposal and pointed out he had not offended for a lengthy period prior to the July episode.

But Sheriff Chris Dickson said that, given the seriousness of the offences, the contents of the background report and Boyle’s past record, he had no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.

He jailed Boyle for a total of 208 days backdated to August 22.

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