Children were left terrified by drunken tirade in Buckie

CHILDREN WERE TERRIFIED when a Lhanbryde man went on a drunken tirade in Buckie after he was refused the keys to his car.

Ray Bruce, 30, appeared at Elgin Sheriff Court on Thursday where he admitted a string of offences committed after a wedding he had attended on June 13.

The court heard that Bruce had reduced two young girls to hysteria after he arrived at a house in Buckie demanding the keys for his car. Fiscal Alison Wylie said that Bruce had been in high spirits – but when he was refused the keys he stormed out into the driveway before kicking his own car while “shouting and swearing”.

“During the course of this he was seen brandishing a shiny object,” the Fiscal said, adding: “Two children who were playing nearby were terrified.

“The two girls, aged nine and 10, became hysterical and hid behind a nearby car – not realising it was a plastic knife.”

Police were called but when they arrived Bruce became aggressive towards them, calling them “scum”.

Speaking for Bruce his solicitor Stephen Carty said his client blamed the events on his mixing alcohol and medication, adding that Bruce was “absolutely shameful” over his actions that day and wished to apologise, in particular to the children.

Bruce, of Robertson Road in Lhanbryde, was told by Sheriff John Halley that had it not been for his clean record he would have been sent to prison. He ordered Bruce to perform 240 hours of unpaid work over the next six months.