Man with knife and hammer targeted church hall


A 55-year-old man went to a church hall armed with a knife and a hammer and shouted religious abuse. 

Ewen McEwen, of Kincairne Street, Kincardine, appeared at Dunfermline Sheriff Court after striking a pillar at the hall with a knife as he shouted at people there. 

He admitted that on 25th October at Kincairne Street, he behaved in a threatening or abusive manner. 

He was repeatedly shouting, swearing, acting in an aggressive manner whilst in possession of a knife and a hammer, struck a pillar with the knife and repeatedly uttered offensive remarks and the offence was aggravated by religious prejudice. 

Depute fiscal Ruaridh Ferguson said, “He lives in the same street and his attack was directed against a church parish hall.” 

Defence solicitor John Bain said, “He was having a number of problems including depression, health and alcohol problems. 

“I understand the two properties are adjacent to each other.” 

Sheriff Alison McKay said, “The weapons and the religious prejudice aggravation are matters of concern.” 

She called for reports and sentence was deferred until 22nd November.


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