George McLaughlin banged on the doors of his 82-year-old mother’s home and threatened to smash the windows to get in.
McLaughlin – who’d been out drinking from 11am to 6pm yesterday – shouted at the distraught pensioner: “You’re a witch and I’m going to hang you from a tree.”
Livingston Sheriff Court was told that his mum – fearing for her life – called police, who found McLaughlin heavily intoxicated outside her home.
McLaughlin, 45, who was said to be of no fixed abode, appeared from custody today and pleaded guilty to a breach of the peace at his mum’s house in Uphall, West Lothian, on January 2.
He admitted causing her fear and alarm by threatening violence towards her and threatening to damage garden ornaments.
Darryl Lovie, defending, said there was no prospect of McLaughlin going back to stay with his mother and he had no alternative bail address.
He added: “When police spoke to him he was still very drunk. In the cold and sober light of day he certainly isn’t presenting in that manner.”
Sheriff Gerald Warner called for criminal justice social work reports and remanded Mclaughlin in custody until January 18.