A man threatened to shoot police with an air rifle, forcing them to seal off a Fraserburgh street.
Police closed off College Bounds after Steven Cordiner threatened to shoot them when they responded to reports of a domestic.
The 27-year-old had gone round to the property he had shared with his former girlfriend to pick up some belongings when he “flipped” and attacked her.
He repeatedly kicked Jacqueline Smith on the head and body, grabbed her hair and dragged her across the room on August 6, 2016.
Peterhead Sheriff Court heard yesterday that she managed to get away from him and called a friend, asking them to dial 999. She then fled from the flat.
Fiscal depute Ruaridh McAlister told the court: “When the police arrived, Cordiner called Ms Smith and she placed him on loud speaker.
“He told police he was in the property and that he had a rifle. Police closed the street to the public and an air rifle was found. He was detained.”
Cordiner, of Chestnut Row, Aberdeen, yesterday admitted being in possession of the firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at the address on College Bounds on August 7, 2016.
He also admitted attacking Ms Smith and breaching bail conditions by breaking a curfew by visiting at property on Nelson Brae, Keith, on September 11, 2016.
Cordiner also admitted behaving in threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting, swearing and uttering threats outside the same address.
Defence agent Leonard Burkinshaw said the couple had a child together and that Cordiner had suffered from anxiety and agoraphobia.
He said: “Mr Cordiner’s partner has the child’s best interests at heart and it was agreed he would leave the relationship.
“He was moved to homeless accommodation in Inverness, but came back to this area because they would not except his pet dog.
“His mother is happy to have him back at the family home.”
Sheriff Christine McCrossan said Cordiner had “seemed to have disappeared” having missed several court appearances previously.
She said she would defer sentence for a week to allow Cordiner to write a letter explaining the reasons why he “disappeared”, but warned him she was considering a jail sentence.
Cordiner was remanded in custody and will return to the dock on Tuesday.