An offshore worker has narrowly avoided an arrest warrant after enraging a sheriff by failing to turn up at court.
Scott McCurrach had been due in the dock at Forfar on Thursday to face a deferred sentence for behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at a house in Montrose on April 16.
The court heard the 35-year-old, of Caledonia Street, Montrose, had not been of good behaviour and Sheriff Pino Di Emidio told his solicitor that an arrest warrant was a distinct option after hearing McCurrach was not due back in Scotland until Monday.
“He would have known he had this date, he has not been of good behaviour and there has been a sentence of imprisonment,” said the sheriff.
“I will continue it for a personal appearance, but it’s expected that there will be an explanation tendered of why he chose to go offshore when he was expected in this court.”
McCurrach’s case will call again next Thursday.
Also at Forfar
Rytchy Scott, 19, of Dalhousie Terrace, Montrose, had sentence deferred until December 17 after admitting behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at a house in Glenisla Road, Montrose, on July 2.