A knife-wielding Dundee man threatened to kill his neighbours and chop up their bodies.
Michael Ellis, of Fullarton Street, broke into his neighbours’ home in the dead of night.
In Dundee Sheriff Court before Sheriff John Rafferty, Ellis, 38, pled guilty to threatening his neighbours.
Fiscal depute Sarah Wilkinson detailed the events of the night of September 11, 2021 when Ellis entered his neighbours’ bedroom.
She said: “Witnesses saw the accused coming into their bedroom.
“Witnesses asked what he was doing.”
She said Ellis told the terrified neighbours: “I’ll chop up your bodies and put you in body bags.”
At this point, they could see that Ellis was holding a knife, described in court as a kitchen knife.
Ellis returned to his own flat after making the chilling death threat.
‘Only one sentence’
“Witnesses were quite shaken from the incident, locked the front door and called 999,” stated Ms Wilkinson.
Police were called to the scene and cautioned and charged Ellis.
Addressing the accused in court, Sheriff Rafferty reiterated the horrific details of the night.
“You broke into someone’s home with a knife at 4 o’clock in the morning, into their bedroom and said ‘I’ll chop up your bodies and put you in body bags.’”
Sheriff Rafferty stated such an offence “demands only one sentence” and imprisoned him for nine months.