A man who tried to puncture the tyres of a bus outside a Dundee hospital using a pitchfork has been told he faces jail. Gordon Duncan pleaded guilty to breaching the peace on 23 July. Dundee Sheriff Court was told the 55-year-old attacked the bus when he was thrown off the service for carrying the garden tool.
Sheriff Richard Davidson deferred sentence until January for background
reports. The court was told Duncan began battering the glass separating the driver
from passengers with his hand after he was told he couldn't get on the bus with
the pitchfork. He then got off and started smashing the fork off the side of the bus, before
witnesses saw him trying to stab the front tyres with the tool. Police were called - with Duncan later telling them: "I just wanted to get
the fork home."
Duncan's lawyer said he had borrowed the tool from Dundee College and was
trying to take it to a church in the city where he was going to help a minister
on an allotment. Fiscal depute Isma Mukhtar told Dundee Sheriff Court: "At around 2.15pm the
bus driver saw the accused board her bus carrying a garden fork and he appeared
to be under the influence of alcohol. She recognised him and recollected he had previously fallen from a bus
causing himself some injury.
"She didn't prevent him from boarding initially but fearing a disturbance she
informed the accused he wasn't allowed on the bus in possession of the fork.
He began banging on the security door. The accused stepped off and continued
to shout at the driver, thrusting the fork in her direction and shouting 'you're
getting it'." The court was told when he began hitting the bus with the fork, the driver
contacted police. Duncan, from Dundee, pleaded guilty to a charge of breach of the peace. His
not guilty plea to a charge of possessing an offensive weapon was accepted by