A MAN who chased two youths into a Paisley street with an axe before going on to cause £600 worth of damage to windows has been jailed.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard that Steven Crossan, 23, threw bricks at a house in the town’s Wallace Street and smashed its windows on April 12.
The noise from his rampage, which took place at 7.45am, led to neighbours calling the police.
In court, Crossan, of Caledonia Street, Paisley, pleaded guilty to being in unlawful possession of the axe and wilfully and recklessly damaging property.
Sheriff Tom Ward told him people who acted in this manner should expect to be locked up.
Defence agent Phil Rooney said Crossan had been tormented by local youths and was in the process of trying to move away from the area because he was so concerned about various incidents he had even contacted his MP for help.
On the morning in question, he had another run-in with youths and, because he had been drinking the night before, reacted the way he did without stopping to think of the consequences.
Mr Rooney added that, once his client spotted the police approaching, he discarded the axe.
However he added that he knew he’d stupidly placed himself in a difficult position.
Background reports prepared for the court were favourable and letters produced confirmed the difficulties that Crossan had been experiencing.
Sheriff Ward jailed Crossan for four months.