A WEE COUNTY prankster pulled a gun on a colleague at a kitchen equipment company, a court heard.

Johnny Hall, 53, terrified his workmate as other staff looked on laughing.

Details of the case were laid out during a hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court last Wednesday, September 5.

Prosecutor Sarah Lumsden said the incident occurred at family firm James Scott and Sons, which designs, makes and installs commercial catering equipment for institutions like the NHS.

The fiscal depute stated that "for some reason" Hall had brought to work with him a black airgun, shaped like a hand pistol.

Hall's victim was said to have "panicked" having believed the gun was being pointed at him.

Miss Lumsden said: "The accused was showing it off to colleagues and talking about it.

"About 1.30pm Mr Menzies entered the workshop and the accused picked up and pointed it.

"The complainer felt it was pointing at him and panicked, taking evasive action."

Hall's victim then heard what he thought was the gun being discharged, and ran out of the workshop in fright to tell his supervisor.

The prosecutor continued: "The accused and other colleagues were laughing and joking about it."

CCTV of the workshop area was checked, and Hall was seen putting the gun into a black case and putting the case into a locker.

The accused, of Ashley Terrace, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening manner towards his work colleague by his actions at the company in Camelon, Falkirk, on June 29 last year.

He also admitted a charge of not having a licence for the weapon.

Sentence was deferred for reports and Hall's bail was continued.

Defence agent Claire McCarron told the court that she will save her speech in mitigation for the sentencing hearing set down for October.