A MAN brandished a knife while threatening to take someone’s head off during a heated altercation in Coalsnaughton in June.

Ewan Anderson appeared at Alloa Sheriff Court last Thursday, July 26, with three charges against his name including brandishing the blade and hammer while uttering threats of violence.

Susannah Hutchison, prosecuting, told the court that on June 28, 2018, the complainer was at home on Ramsay Street, Coalsnaughton, when there was a knock at his door with Anderson outside.

An argument between the pair ensued before the complainer phoned a friend to tell him what happened.

The friend then attended the locus and observed Anderson holding a knife and hammer while shouting: “Come on then, I’ll take your head off”.

The complainer and his friend then walked towards Anderson who backed off and left the scene.

Police were then called and attended at the accused’s mother’s house. She pleaded with officers to not come inside as her husband was ill.

They proceeded to go around to the back of the house where Anderson presented himself. The weapons were then found inside the property.

Anderson’s lawyer, Mr Matthew, told the court that his client had “indicated his remorse” over the alarming incident.

He also said that Anderson, whose address was given as Blackfaulds Street, Coalsnaughton, was unable to carry out any unpaid work for medical reasons.

Sheriff David Mackie indicated to the defence lawyer that he wanted to consider a restriction of liberty order, but the court social worker commented that he would need a permanent address before a suitability report could be provided.

Sheriff Mackie deferred the case until August 23 for social services to find the accused a home before sentencing him.

It is not the first time Anderson, 36, has appeared in the court.

In April 2017, Anderson was convicted of driving without a licence or insurance.

On that occasion he was fined £500 and given six penalty points on his licence.