A terrified Angus mum was forced to dial 999 after her son threatened her when she refused to give him £10, a court has heard.
Fleeing her Kirriemuir home after being told that she was about to raise the alarm, Jamie Urquhart told his mother: “If you call police something bad will happen to you.”
Forfar sheriff court heard that the 26-year-old had gone to the Slade Gardens property around 9am and asked to borrow the cash, but was told by his mother that she did not have any money to give him.
Depute fiscal Stewart Duncan told the court Urquhart then replied: “If you don’t give me money I’ll have to steal, I’ll go to jail and that will be your fault.”
As she went for the telephone, the accused called her a “grass” and left the house, shouting his threat through the letterbox.
Urquhart previously admitted behaving in a threatening manner on February 11 last year, as well as a further charge relating to another incident at Kirriemuir’s High Street Co-op in which he threatened a man with violence, whilst on bail.
The court heard the victim had been inside the shop and Urquhart had gestured aggressively towards him.
Urquhart then stepped into the store and told the man: “I’ve got a knife in my back pocket and I’ll stab you if you don’t give me my money.”
He then repeated the threat after the complainer told him he didn’t have money which the accused said he was owed.
Police were called and when arrested for the threats Urquhart told them: “He’s just making it worse for himself.”
Defence solicitor Grant Bruce said Urquhart, of Croft Terrace in Kirriemuir, was now trying to move out of the town to Carnoustie.
“He has a background of previous convictions but does not have anything else outstanding at the moment,” added Mr Bruce.
He said the accused was engaging with substance misuse services, and his relationship with his mother is now at a stage where they remain apart.
Sheriff Alison McKay told Urquhart: “The reports do not make particularly good reading and your record for one so young is quite atrocious.
“You have really, in my opinion, got to the end of the line here.
“You need to modify your behaviour.”
Urquhart was placed on a three-month high tariff deferred sentence.