Nov 2 2012 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A man who abused council housing staff after he was ejected from a homeless hostel has been jailed for six months.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Robert Agnew, 32, of Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock, also set off the fire alarm at East Ayrshire Council’s office in College Wynd.
He pleaded guilty to causing disturbances at the housing office and at St Andrews hostel in August.
Jo Cunningham, prosecuting, said that Agnew was asked to leave the hostel and advised to report to the housing office. He was taken to an interview room and “informed that his accommodation at the hostel had been terminated”.
He immediately began to shout and swear at staff.
Said Ms Cunningham: “The accused then left the interview room and, on approaching the front door, he punched the glass panel on the fire alarm, causing it to break and the alarm to be activated.”
He went back to the hostel the same day and demanded the return of his belongings.
Ms Cunningham said that Agnew became abusive when he was refused entry.
He told hostel workers that, if he did not get his belongings back, he would damage their cars.
“He attempted to enter on a number of occasions, placing employees in a state of fear and alarm,” said Ms Cunningham.
Susan Bell, defending, said that Agnew – already subject to a community payback order with 200 hours of unpaid work – had had difficulties with heroin for a number of years.
He had stayed off the drug for around six years, but had started taking it again earlier this year.
He was now, however, stable on a methadone prescription.
Jailing Agnew, Sheriff Brian Murphy told him: “You simply cannot treat staff doing their job in this fashion.”