A 43-year-old husband who caused fear and alarm by tearing down Christmas decorations has been ordered to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.
Thomas Davidson admitted sabotaging the family’s decorations by hauling them down during a festive bust-up.
Davidson, 43, admitted carrying out the domestically aggravated crime at the family home in Carnegie Place, Perth, on December 3.
Depute fiscal Lisa Marshall said: “The accused and complainer had an argument.
“They are married and have been for four years. The accused was shouting and swearing at her while there was a child in the living room.
“He stood up and began to tear down Christmas decorations from the ceiling.
“The complainer and child were scared by the behaviour and made their way upstairs to hide in a bedroom and call the police to report the incident.
“He continued shouting and banging in the living room.
“Police arrived and found the living room in a state of disarray. He was arrested and taken to the police station.”
Davidson told officers: “I wasn’t aggressive to her. I was aggressive to the house.”
He admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm.
Solicitor Billy Somerville, defending, said the couple are reconciled.
Sheriff William Wood said: “Let’s not see you back here again.”