A court has heard how an Angus man threatened to put his girlfriend “in a shallow hole” after becoming angry when she changed her mind over wanting a fast food meal.
Gary Davidson had driven the woman to the Forfar KFC outlet beside the A90 after a row with her the night before, but their making-up meal plans then went awry, leading to an angry verbal barrage overheard by a drive-through worker.
The incident last May formed part of an array of threatening behaviour which Davidson admitted in an appearance at Forfar Sheriff Court.
The 20-year-old, of Deanbank House, Glamis pled guilty to threatening behaviour towards his ex-partner in May last year at locations including KFC in Forfar, an address in Clova Road, Kirriemuir and at his home.
Depute fiscal Laura McGillvery told the court there had been a row between the pair t around tea-time on May 25 after he learned she was going on a holiday to Lanzarote.
The woman tried to leave the bedroom and was grabbed by Davidson but as she then hit him to try and get away he punched her, causing her to fall to the ground.
The fiscal added: “At around 8am the following day the complainer woke up, with the accused getting up around 1pm.
“They decided to go to KFC and en route he became angry with her. On arriving at the drive-thru she told him she didn’t want anything to eat.
“An employee could hear him shouting and swearing aggressively at her,” the fiscal added.
Davidson continued to shout and swear and, when the victim began to film his outburst in her mobile phone, he repeated a previous threat, saying: “I tell you, you will be going in a f****** shallow hole.”
She was then dropped off at her home by the accused, but around 6.30pm he turned up there. Despite being asked to leave he repeatedly rang the doorbell, to the point where the victim removed it to stop him continually doing it.
Defence solicitor Nick Markowski said: “They were in a relationship for around three to four years and it seems to be the last seven or eight months which she described as on/off.
“They were staying together, but he accepts there was an argument and, when she changed her mind about KFC, he lost his temper.
“The relationship is over,” added the lawyer.
Sheriff Jillian Martin-Brown deferred sentence on Davidson for six months for him to be of good behaviour.