A Dundee thug told police he would give firearms officers “a reason to shoot” after he threatened to slit a child’s throat.
Danny Boyle, 31, admitted committing abhorrent domestically aggravated crimes.
Appearing at Dundee Sheriff Court via virtual link-up from Perth prison, Boyle admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner toward his ex-partner earlier this month.
Whatsapp dispute leads to threats
The court heard the pair had been in a relationship for around three years prior to the offence.
Depute fiscal Alan Kempton said: “At around 3.15pm on May 3, the complainer left her house to attend her second job as a delivery driver.
“The accused remained in the house.
“An argument ensued between parties on WhatsApp.
“Boyle accused his then-partner of being unfaithful.
“His messages were agitated and aggressive, such that he was asked by the complainer to leave her house and return her spare key he had been using.
“At 6.20pm she contacted police to say she wanted the accused removed from her home.
“She returned to the house at around 10pm after finishing work.
“She made contact with the accused by phone, demanding the return of her house key.
“He then made threats toward her and others.”
Begged accused to leave house
The fiscal said Boyle told his victim: “If your lot come to this house a knife is going through them.
“I’ll batter everyone you care about and slit their throats.
“I’ll come back if I get the jail and finish you off.
“I’ll slit your child’s throat.
“I don’t give a f**k’.”
Mr Boyle said: “The complainer was horrified by what she heard.
“The accused was still at the house when the complainer arrived.
“She pleaded with him to leave before the police arrived.
“Boyle laughed and then began to shout and swear and bang on the window.”
The police arrived a short time later and Boyle locked himself in the house and refused to leave, prompting a “siege”, Mr Kempton said.
“Efforts were made to remove the accused.
“When the police arrived at around 10pm they were informed the accused may have a knife or similar weapon.
“Firearms officers were instructed to attend.
“He still refused to leave.
“He told police he would ‘give them a reason to shoot’.
“It took four hours to remove him from the property.”
Boyle, of HMP Perth, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, aggravated toward his ex-partner, on May 3 this year at an address in the Douglas are of Dundee.
He will return to court for sentencing on June 19 and was remanded in custody.
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