A THUG who claimed he was carrying a weapon ‘for his protection’ has been ordered to pay back to the community.

Barry Horne was at an acquaintance's house on January 17 this year when he left the address only to return later that day, around 2.45pm, with his father and armed with a hammer.

The 32-year-old was seen in Quarrywood Road by witnesses reaching in to the waistband of his jeans.

Horne, from Robroyston, was found by cops who had been called out to be carrying a hammer.

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He was arrested at the scene and later charged but made no reply to officers.

His defence brief told Glasgow Sheriff Court it was “carried for his protection.”

Sheriff Barry Divers sentenced Horne to a Community Payback Order.

He will now have to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, reduced from 280 hours thanks to a guilty plea.

He will have to complete the work within nine months and will be under the supervision of social workers for one year.


Horne will be called back to court in three months to check he is making progress.