A MAN told pharmacy staff they were “getting slashed” after he missed the deadline to collect his methadone prescription.

Steven Lennox turned up to Lloyds Pharmacy on Drumoyne Road at around 6pm on March 16, last year.

The 51-year-old became abusive to staff when he was told he was too late to collect his medication.

He appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court to be sentenced.

The prosecutor said: “He knocked loudly on the front door. A member of staff answered and informed the accused he had missed the deadline of 5.30pm for his prescription.

“He pushed his way in past the employee. He was told he signed a collection contract to which he shouted ‘I signed no f*****g contract’.

“The staff member told the accused to leave to which he replied, ‘who the f**k do you think you’re talking to’. This scared the employee. Another staff member intervened as he thought the accused may go into the dispensing unit.

“The accused became verbally abusive and moved closer so the staff member pushed the accused.

“The accused thereafter grabbed both of the wrists. The employee pulled his hands away and the accused pushed him on the shoulder.

“The accused reached for his back pocket and said, ‘you’re getting slashed’. The store panic alarm was hit and the accused then said to the employee, ‘I’m going to follow you home, you’re getting battered. I’m going to get yous outside’.”

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Lennox’s defence solicitor said his client had been in custody the weekend before the incident.

He added: “He has a very high dosage of methadone and went without it all weekend. On the Monday he went to the pharmacy. There was a look of desperation on his face.

“He had been attending this pharmacy for five years without any incidents. He wanted me to apologise for his actions.

“He’s now registered at another pharmacy.

“He’s not behaved in this manner for around 10 years. My recommendation is that he can be monitored in the community as an appropriate alternative to custody.”

Sheriff Mary Shields told Lennox: “It’s very unfortunate that your relationship with this chemist ended like this.

“Your threats must have been alarming for the staff who knew you. As a direct alternative to a custodial sentence, you will be placed on a community payback order.”

Lennox was ordered to stay within his Pollokshields address between 7pm and 7am for six weeks.

He was also placed under supervision for 12 months.