Bo’ness man claimed to have grenades and a shotgun

Joyce told police he had two hand grenades and a shotgun
Joyce told police he had two hand grenades and a shotgun

A drunk called police claiming to have a shotgun and hand grenades then said he wanted armed police to come and kill him.

Kieran Joyce (21) was more than a little worse for wear when he made the calls Falkirk Sheriff Court heard last week.

Joyce previously pled guilty to making the menacing phone call from an address in Gilburn Place, Bo’ness on September 11.

Procurator fiscal depute Samantha Brown told the court: “The accused stated his name was Kieran Joyce, gave his date of birth, said he was having much trouble with his ex and that he had a 12 gauge shotgun.

“He then said he was sitting with two hand grenades and the shotgun and gave the name of his ex-partner. When police attended he said he needed help because his grandfather had passed away.”

William McIntyre, defence solicitor, said: “It’s quite clear that alcohol was the cause here. He has been drinking to excess and I’m not sure how seriously the police took his remarks.

“It was bizarre behaviour – he told police he wanted them to send an armed response team to kill him.”

Sheriff Linda Smith said: “Unless you get to grips with the difficulties you have with alcohol you are going to end up in custody.”

Joyce, 39 Douglas Drive, Bo’ness, was placed on a supervised community payback order for 18 months.