Armed police were involved in a four-and-a-half hour siege with a man holding a number of knives in a house in Elgin.
The incident happened in the evening of April 23 in Findhorn Court after 27-year-old Liam Forsyth, of the town’s North Port, had been drinking and taking drugs.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard yesterday that Forsyth and a group of friends had been drinking all afternoon in the garden of the property when there was an argument between Forsyth and the occupant, Ian Mitchell.
Fiscal depute Alex Swain said that a boulder was thrown at the kitchen window and Liam Forsyth went inside to arm himself with knives, some of which he put in his jumper.
Police were called just after 6pm and Forsyth held knives to his throat then made gestures as if he had a gun, Ms Swain said.
“He threw knives and a phone out the window and one knife landed at the feet of an officer.
“He then said he had hostages inside and would slit their throats.
“Armed police were dispatched along with a dog unit and police negotiators and the area was cordoned off. He continued to throw items out the window.”
Ms Swain said that one armed officer approached but Forsyth, who had barricaded himself in with furniture, threatened to slit his throat.
He eventually left the property about 10.50pm and was later arrested.
Sheriff Margaret Neilson was told that a drunk man and woman had been in the property at the time but were largely unaware of what was going on as they had been asleep.
Defence solicitor Ben Thom told the court that his client had no recollection of the incident because of the cocktail of substances he had taken.
He added: “He is shocked and ashamed of himself and the severity of his behaviour is not lost on him.”
Jailing Forsyth for 14 months, backdated to April 24, Sheriff Neilson commented: “This was in the early stages of lockdown and he should not have been there in the first place.”