Drunk in bizarre street antics

Livingston civic centre and sheriff court
Livingston civic centre and sheriff court

A man who caused a bizarre disturbance in Bridgend has had his sentence deferred until next month for background reports.

Charles Arthurs, (45), of Auldhill Crescent in the village, was said by his defence agent to have been ‘‘extremely drunk’’ when he launched into a tirade of abusive language.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard on Tuesday that he had behaved in a threatening and abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm, during the incident on July 26, “while brandishing his private member.”

The accused repeatedly struck a door and window of a property in the village, damaging them, while at the same time shouting offensive sexual and homophobic insults.

Gerry Whitton, defending, said: “The remarks made in drink were inappropriate but not serious enough to qualify his client as a sex offender.”

Sheriff Douglas Kinloch told Arthurs: “Partly because of the nature of the charge and the convictions I’ll need to get a background report before sentence is decided upon.”

The case was adjourned until September 18 for criminal justice social work reports.