Abusive New Year drunk fined by Sheriff

Livinsgton Sheriff Court. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Livinsgton Sheriff Court. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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A SHERIFF has his out a man for drinking heavily at New Year as he faced a charge of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Waldemar Stepien escaped a jail sentence when he appeared at Livingston Sheriff Court.

Stepien, 55, admitted being abusive, challenging others to fight and pushing his wife during the incident on New Year’s Day at his home in Livingston.

Sheriff Ken Hogg gave him 200 hours of community service, and said: “No matter what the Polish custom may be, at all points when you get drunk you’re supposed to remain in charge of yourself.

“You must not behave in such a stupid fashion, especially when you have a previous involvement with the courts and you’re carrying out hours of unpaid work. If you fail to carry out these new hours you’ll come back before me and I will have little alternative other than to jail you.”

The court heard that Stepien had abided by special bail conditions not to go home or contact his wife since the offence.