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Man locked hotel out for terrorizing pregnant girlfriend at wedding

A drunk friend terrorized his pregnant girlfriend and wrecked her car during a rammy at a family wedding before the staff locked him out of the hotel.

Jamie McKeeve, 32, struck out as his partner when she refused to leave the Clarkston party.

They attended the wedding reception at the Busby Hotel, but the mood quickly turned sour as McKeeve got more and more intoxicated.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard yesterday that he stormed the party after his heavily pregnant girlfriend told him she wasn’t ready to leave.

He then ripped off the license plate from his partner’s vehicle and broke it before staff bolted the hotel doors to prevent him from getting in during his drunken rampage.

The details became known when McKeeve appeared in the dock in connection with the events of October 14th of that year.

He pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in violation of Section 38 (1) of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010.

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Prosecutor Caitlin O’Hare stated: “The defendant began to explain to witness Williams that he wanted to go home.

“The defendant was very drunk at the time.

“The witness Williams was sober, she went to the wedding because she is pregnant with the defendant’s child.

“A short time later, Miss Williams was stopped by a staff member who asked her if it was her boyfriend who crashed and damaged a car in the parking lot.

“She went outside and saw the defendant next to her car. She watched her license plate lying on the floor.

“The defendant saw the witness Williams in the parking lot and started screaming, ‘Get in the car, you fat ass’.”

She started crying and ran back to the hotel, and the staff locked the doors to prevent McKeeve from getting in.

He tried to get in through another door and asked for the car keys, but the police came and he was arrested.

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Defense attorney Linzi Galbraith said he normally lived with his girlfriend in Renfrew but was on bail with his mother in Elderslie, Renfrewshire.

She said, “He usually doesn’t drink alcohol and it made him extremely drunk.

“He felt uncomfortable and wanted to go home, even though his partner didn’t want to because she was having a good time.

“She is heavily pregnant and should be born in two weeks.

“He apologized many times for the derogatory comments he made to his partner.

“He is ashamed.”

Upon hearing that Sheriff Gillian Craig had paid for the damage to the car and that his girlfriend wanted to give their relationship another chance, Sheriff Gillian Craig sentenced him for the offense.

She fined him £ 400, which was reduced from £ 600 for admitting guilt, and placed him on a 12 month non-harassment order.

That involves forbidding her from creating a state of fear, alarm, or distress or damaging any property in her home.

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