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Man charged with threatening mother and grandmother at Dundee flat

A man is to stand trial accused of telling his cancer stricken mother to "hurry up and die", before assaulting her and his 72-year-old grandmother at a Dundee flat.

Darren Airlie is charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and assault at the Arklay Street property on 23 September last year.

The 24-year-old made no plea at Dundee Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Richard Davidson continued the case until next week.

The court was told Mr Airlie caused fear and alarm by shouting, swearing and kicking at and upturning a table and items of furniture following a family row.

Mr Airlie is then said to have repeatedly told his mother Jennifer Airlie, 45, who had been diagnosed with cancer, to "hurry up and die" and that the "quicker she died the better".

He is said to have made repeated similar comments while holding two knives during the alleged incident.

Prosecutors said he then presented a knife at his mother, before then doing the same to his grandmother Kathleen, pushing her on the body and threatening both with violence.

Mr Airlie also faces a charge that having appeared in court and been granted bail on 2 October last year he went back to his mother's address and tried to contact her despite bail conditions banning him from doing so.

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