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'Isis threat' shopkeeper avoids prison sentence

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Image caption Ashen Zafar threatened to blow up Falkirk police station

A Bo'ness shopkeeper who claimed to be a terrorist and said he would blow up a police station has been admonished after donating to a cancer charity.

Ashen Zafar made "drunken, frustrated, rambling" references to Isis and terrorism after being arrested following a domestic incident.

Zafar, 46, later apologised to police, saying he had no recollection of the abusive comments.

His solicitor said he was "genuinely embarrassed and ashamed".

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told that Zafar was arrested after police were called to his girlfriend's flat in Hillside Grove, Bo'ness, on 19 December.

Prosecutor Ann Orr said Zafar was spoken to in Falkirk Police Station once he had sobered up.

Zafar, from Shettleston, Glasgow, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting and swearing, uttering threats of violence, and uttering comments about a terrorist organisation.

'Embarrassed and ashamed'

Defence agent Murray Aitken said Zafar was a first time offender, respected in the community, and was "genuinely embarrassed and ashamed".

Referring to the incident in the police station, Mr Aitken said Zafar had been "heavily intoxicated".

He said the references to terrorism, Isis, and blowing the police station up had been "drunken, frustrated rambling".

Sheriff Linda Smith had deferred sentence for Zafar to make a donation to the Scottish Police Benevolent Fund.

But Mr Aitken said he had been Police Scotland they could not be seen to be favouring any particular charity.

He produced a receipt showing Zafar had donated £500 to the local branch of Marie Curie cancer support instead.

Sheriff Smith said that in light of the fact that Zafar had complied with her suggestion to make a charitable donation, he would be admonished.

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