Anger as Motherwell party revellers descend

Court heard of Facebook party invitation.
Court heard of Facebook party invitation.

A man lost the head when ‘hordes of youths’ arrived at his Motherwell home for a party he knew nothing about.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard the celebration was arranged by a teenage girl and an invitation posted on Facebook.

Jonathan Moore (24) admitted trying to headbutt, kick and spit on two police officers at his home in Brandon Street on February 1.

However, allegations that he held a knife against a 13-year-old girl’s throat and had unlawful possession of the blade in a common close were dropped.

Moore also admitted breaching a bail order to keep away from his fiancee, Margaret Kirkwood.

Defence agent Sandy Morrison it was Moore who called the police.

He told the court: “An invitation to a party at the flat was posted on Facebook. Up to 80 teenagers descended armed with drink and my client contacted the police.

“The police officers’ statements speak of hordes of youths exiting the close although clearly that does not justify Mr Moore’s subsequent behaviour.

“He has a plethora of medical conditions which are not helped by drinking and dabbling in drugs.”

Mr Morrison said Moore and Miss Kirkwood are planning a future together and Sheriff Marie Smart agreed to scrap the bail condition banning him from seeing her. Sentence was deferred until September 3.

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