A man threatened to burn an Aberdeen pub to the ground and bite a manager’s face off in a heated row over a refund.
Michael Masson had popped into The Foundry on Holburn Street and ordered some food, before staff noticed his intoxicated state.
He was asked to leave and refunded the £12, but insisted he had actually paid £50.
The 26-year-old quickly lost his cool and began shouting and swearing at staff, threatening to not only burn the bar down but also bite the manager’s face clean off.
Fiscal depute Victoria Kerr told Aberdeen Sheriff Court: “At around 4.30pm on March 3, the accused went into The Foundry where he ordered and paid for some food.
“A short time later, a deputy manager realised the accused was quite intoxicated and was behaving erratically.
“She asked him to attend at the bar and refunded him his £12.
“He stated it was £50 he paid. He was informed this was not the case and was asked to leave.
Masson has been ‘crying out for assistance’ with alcohol issues
“He threatened to burn the pub down and the home of the deputy manager.”
Further threats were made including that he would “jump over the bar” and bite a manager’s “face off”, and he repeatedly challenged the manager to a fight.
Police were contacted and arrested Masson, who then refused to provide his details at Kittybrewster station.
Masson, of the Lang Stracht, Aberdeen, pled guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner and to failing to provide his details to police.
Defence agent Stuart Murray said his client suffered from “significant learning difficulties” and had been “crying out for assistance” with alcohol misuse.
Sheriff Lesley Johnston deferred sentence on Masson for reports and released him on bail with a condition not to enter The Foundry.
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