Man threatened to ‘take head off the shoulders’ of Carseview Centre worker


A man had sentence deferred after he admitted breaching the peace and threatening a member of staff from the Carseview Centre at Ninewells Hospital.

The court heard Benjamin Thomas, 25, of Benedict Road in Arbroath, told the staff member: “I’ll take your head off your shoulders, take the smug smile off your face.”

He added: “I’ll find out where you live.”

Fiscal depute Kirsten Letford told the court Thomas and a woman had left the centre and were walking away on Tom McDonald Avenue and the staff member had concerns for the woman.

He asked them to return to the centre and they did turn back and walk towards Carseview, but due to Thomas’s manner police were called.

Thomas continued being aggressive, she said, and approached the staff member, telling him: “You’re in trouble now,” as he started taking off his backpack and shouting: “I’ll wait for you after work.”

Ms Letford said the staff member was trying to calm Thomas down while police dealt with the woman.

However he continued shouting: “Come on, you and me, man to man in the car park. I should have hit you outside, there’s CCTV in here.”

She said the staff member was genuinely fearful and shaken up by the incident and later when he checked his emails he found one from Thomas stating: “I’ll be back tomorrow to get her, you can’t keep her detained.”

When he was arrested and charged the following day, he replied: “I admit shouting and swearing at him but I didn’t threaten him,” Ms Letford added.

Solicitor Gary McIlravey told the court Thomas has a personality disorder and other difficulties and was worried about the woman.

“He was frustrated and he was mouthing off,” he said.

Thomas pleaded guilty to, on Thursday on Tom McDonald Avenue, behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm, shouting, swearing and threatening staff of the Carseview Centre with violence and challenging them to fight.

Sheriff Linda Smith granted him bail and ordered reports and a restriction of liberty order assessment, deferring sentence until October 10.