A MAN threatened to shoot a tradesman over work on his bathroom after the complainer had allegedly been rude to his wife.

Barry Watson, 51, admitted shouting, swearing and making threats to James Gillon on August 29 this year after phoning about work at his home.

Watson appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court for sentencing on Wednesday, November 16 after admitting a charge of threatening or abusive behaviour.

The procurator fiscal depute told the hearing: “At 12.15pm the witness was in his home address and received a call from the accused regarding work on his bathroom.

“He advised the accused he was recording the conversation when the accused became volatile.

“He stated he would “be coming to your door to put a bullet through your head, you p***k”.

“Police were then contacted who spoke to the witness who played the recording of the accused.

“Police spoke to the accused and he was cautioned and charged.”

Defence solicitor John Gillies said: “He is 51 years old, and a married man with a good job.

“He came home to his wife in tears after [the complainer] had made nasty comments to his wife.

“In temper he phoned back and made certain threats. He told me he was ‘so angry I don’t remember’.

“He’s very embarrassed, I don’t think he’ll be causing any further difficulties in future.”

When Sheriff Siobhan Connolly asked ‘was the bathroom fixed or paid for?”, Mr Gillies said: “All sorted now, my lady.”

Sheriff Siobhan Connolly said: “Mr Watson, this is wholly unacceptable.

“It is the case that making such threats can cause alarm.

“I’m prepared to deal with this by way of a financial penalty.”

Watson, of Carnalea Court, Galston, was ordered to pay £400.