Man twisted 12-year-old boy’s arm and threatened to slit his throat in Dundee street

Oktawiusz Burblis.

A drunken man terrified a 12-year-old Dundee boy by threatening to slit his throat.

Oktawiusz Burblis bent the boy’s finger and twisted his arm in what a sheriff described as a “horrendous” assault.

Burblis, of Chalkhill Court, admitted that on November 1, at Kirk Street in Lochee, he assaulted the boy, threatened to slit his throat and seized him by the body, bent his finger and twisted his arm.

The 29-year-old further admitted that on the same date, at Adamson Court, Kirk Street, he possessed the Class A drug cocaine.

Speaking through an interpreter, the Polish national confirmed his guilty pleas.

His plea of not guilty to stealing a bicycle owned by an 11-year-old boy on the same date in Kirk Street was accepted by depute fiscal Joanne Smith.

Sheriff Derek Reekie told Burblis the assault charge was of: “considerable concern” to him.

“It involved a 12-year-old child who was on the receiving end of horrendous behaviour by you,” he added.

Solicitor Anika Jethwa asked the sheriff to call for background reports with a view to exploring a community-based disposal.

Asking for bail, she told the court: “This is a serious crime but he is not subject to any court orders, he is not on bail and while he has some previous convictions, none of them are of an analogous nature. He was very drunk and has very little recollection.

“The boy was not known to him and he is very remorseful and very sorry for his actions, he can’t remember behaving in this manner.

“It has finally dawned on him that he needs help to address his behaviour.

“He is Polish but has been living in Dundee since 2011 and he tells me he wants to get help for these issues.

“I would ask for a community-based disposal.”

Hearing that the time of the offence was 7.15pm, Sheriff Reekie told Burblis he would place him on a curfew keeping him in his home from 7pm-7am every day and deferred sentence until December 6.

He called for a criminal justice social work report and a restriction of liberty assessment to be carried out in the interim.