A father-of-two has been fined for brandishing a bow and arrow during a quad biking argument with his pals in East Ayrshire.

Robbie Jones, 23, of Dalfarson Avenue in Bellsbank, armed himself with the gun after a disagreement over a damaged quad bike broke out on July 30, 2021 at his home, where he lives with his parents.

Ayr Sheriff Court heard Jones and the two complainants were childhood friends and had been riding quads before one returned damaged.

An argument broke out before Jones entered his house and grabbed his brother’s archery bow and three arrows.



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Solicitor Peter Lockhart said: ‘Both complainants are known to the defendant and have been friends since childhood.

“They had gone out on a quad and one of the quads had been damaged.

“There was an argument with the accused.

“The defendant’s father came out and tried to calm things down. The father then called the police.

“The mother came out and persuaded them to go home and she suffered a panic attack and collapsed.

“The defendant went to his brother’s room and took a bow and arrow.

“He said to me: ‘My brother died three years ago and he was interested in archery. I picked up three arrows and walked out’, and then things continued from there.”

Mr Lockhart said Jones ‘admits that was not the way to behave’ and added that the two plaintiffs were charged with breach of the peace and vandalism.

Mr Lockhart said: ‘He realizes it was a mistake on his part. He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

“It describes the type of bow and arrow used for basic archery.

“I don’t think it’s one of those fancy types of crossbows.”

The tax prosecutor confirmed that the bow and arrow were used for basic archery and that no arrows were fired at either plaintiff.

The IRS told Sheriff Foran, “It appears to be the equivalent of standard archery without any modifications. It wasn’t pointed at anyone. »

Sheriff Foran told Jones: “I was extremely alarmed when I first read this; my alarm is only slightly reduced from what I heard today.

“It’s grateful that your father had the presence of mind to intervene.”

Jones was fined a total of £420, which he will repay at £40 a week.

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