AN ALLOA man has been handed a six month jail term after threatening his friend while on a fishing expedition.

William Boon, 26, was arrested after police were called to a spot near the River Forth at Raploch, Stirling, on the evening of Wednesday, May 31, after reports of a disturbance.

When he appeared at Stirling Sheriff Court the next day, it was said Boon had called another man "a f***ing bam", before threatening: "I'll do you in."

Prosecutor Matthew Kerr said the complainer was clearly trying to calm the situation, but Boon continued to shout threats and was eventually arrested to maintain order.

The incident occurred about 9.15pm, following a day of drinking.

Appearing from custody, Boon, formerly of Woodside Road, Raploch, presently of Alloa, pleaded guilty to using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Stephen Maguire, defending, said Boon and the man he was with had been consuming alcohol and fishing all afternoon.

He said Boon had recently been working shifts as a landscaper for a group of travellers, and Boon's companion had been winding him up by telling him that the travellers would never pay him.

Mr Maguire said Boon had been promised £70 a shift by the travellers and had signed off benefits as a result.

He said he would be in a position to pay a fine – if he did in fact get paid for his shifts.

However, imposing the jail term, Sheriff Wyllie Robertson told Boon: "This was disorder in a public place, where the police had to intervene, and you've got a bad record for similar offences."