Arbroath knife man set for early release

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background
Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

A jailed Arbroath man could be released in days after his sentence was backdated to the date of the

offences.

Francis Haldane, 40, an inmate of HMP Perth, pleaded guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court to charges of carrying an offensive weapon and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm at addresses in Queen Street and Glenesk Place, Arbroath, and at Arbroath Police Office, on June 15.

On that date Haldane’s estranged wife had called the police concerned that he was carrying a blade, whereupon they found him in possession of a kitchen knife and took him in for questioning.

During the course of his interview Haldane made threats towards Mrs Haldane’s new partner and his presentation was described as “very alarming” by fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson.

Sheriff Alistair Carmichael jailed Haldane for eight months, but declined to impose a non-harassment order requested by the Crown, saying: ‘‘I’m not satisfied that this involved misconduct towards Helen Haldane.”

The sentence was backdated to June 16, when he was originally remanded in custody.

Owing to the fact that Francis Haldane has been in jail since he was arrested in June, and because he is entitled to be released after serving half of his sentence, he will walk free within the next

ten days.