Sentence deferred for man who threatened police officers

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A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to threatening police officers and harming himself.

Francis Cannon, of 39 Beechworch Drive, Motherwell, pleaded guilty on Wednesday March 27 at Oban Sheriff Court to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and to causing fear or alarm.

Procurator fiscal Meghan Glancey told the court that on March 3 of this year, at a flat in Oban, Cannon ‘smashed an empty beer bottle over his head and stabbed himself in the neck with the broken glass’.

He then took possession of both a Stanley and kitchen knife and locked himself in a bathroom before stabbing and slashing himself.

After police arrived, Cannon made threats to the officers. He then lowered himself from the window ledge and police had to grab him. He eventually stopped resisting and officers were able to get him back through the window.

‘The accused was taken to Oban hospital where he continued to threaten police officers,’ the procurator fiscal added.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes refused bail and deferred sentencing until April 24 in order for the court to obtain a criminal justice and social work report, a restriction of liberty order assessment, and a psychiatric report.