Man threatened to shoot sleeping family

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A BUCHAN man threatened to shoot a family of four as they slept, a court has heard.

Peterhead Sheriff Court heard on Thursday that Adam Taylor (22), went to the house of his ex-partner at 11.30pm on May 13 and became angry when he was told that he was not allowed to speak to her.

Procurator Fiscal Alisdair Fay said that Taylor was told that everyone inside the house was sleeping and that there were children and young teenagers present.

He said: “The accused said that he had a gun with four bullets in it and he would shoot everyone inside if he did not get the information he had requested.”

Taylor, of Ellis Street, Peterhead, is also accused of causing alarm by shouting, swearing and throwing things at an address at the town’s Ravenscraig Road on May 2.

Defence agent Leonard Birkenshaw said: “Mr Taylor accepts that his behaviour was unacceptable. He realises with hindsight that it was a very, very stupid thing for him to have done. He is looking to draw a line under these matters and start afresh.”

Fining him £400, Sheriff Philip Mann said: “In relation to the earlier matter, this was an unfortunate incident that occurred during a relationship that is now over.

“The second matter is very serious. There is no doubt that the family inside that house must have been extremely frightened.”