A MAN went into his kitchen and picked up a knife after an argument with his cousin.

James Hoey, 56, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court after previously pleading guilty to taking possession of the weapon and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

The court heard that the incident took place in Hoey’s home in Castlemilk on June 4, 2019.

Procurator fiscal depute Paula Wedlock said: “The witness was visiting the accused within his home. During a conversation, the accused began shouting and threw a glass against the living room wall.

“The witness told the accused to calm down. At this point, the accused entered the kitchen and returned with a knife in his possession.

“The accused did not brandish it and put it down when requested to do so by the witness. He was alarmed by the accused’s behaviour and felt it would help the situation if he left, which he did.

“The accused left shortly after. The police received a telephone call in relation to an ongoing incident. Officers attended and observed signs of a disturbance with broken glass. The accused returned shortly after and cautioned and charged and made no reply.”

Hoey’s lawyer said words had been exchanged in relation to something his client “had been doing”.

He added: “My client has been described as having a mild learning disability but it’s a very obvious one. He does have issues that have been addressed in the past – anger management.

“I think the witness also has a learning disability. They are described in the report as being cousins. No behaviour like this has taken place since. He is in a position to carry out unpaid work if that was appropriate.”

Sheriff Patricia Pryce: said: “I think a restriction of liberty order is the most appropriate punishment as this offence was two and a half years ago.”

The sheriff told Hoey: “I understand that you face your difficulties, but the court needs to punish you.”

He was ordered to stay within his home in Castlemilk between 8pm-7am for eight weeks.