South Scotland

Dumfries newsagent sword brandisher Dean McMenamin jailed

A man who terrified staff at a Dumfries newsagent by brandishing a sword and attempting to force his way into the premises has been jailed.

Dean McMenamin, 20, admitted the offence at the Henderson's shop on the town's Galloway Street in July.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross described it as a "very frightening" experience for the two workers involved.

He jailed McMenamin for 16 months and said it would have been two years but for his early guilty plea.

However, he said he would be subject to eight months supervision on his release.

McMenamin, described as a prisoner at Polmont, admitted behaving in an abusive manner, brandishing an ornamental sword and threatening staff.

He also admitted behaving in a similar manner at Loreburn Street police station and threatening to assault a police officer.

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