A DREGHORN offender who barged into a key worker’s home while brandishing a blade and making threats has dodged jail.

James Cunningham, 30, admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour as well as carrying two knives last week.

However, Cunningham, of Broomlands Road, Dreghorn, dodged any custodial sentence when he appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court for sentencing last week [Monday, July 19].

Cunningham admitted entering a man’s home in Dreghorn’s Main Street uninvited before acting in an aggressive manner towards the householder.

Court papers state he then pursued the man and repeatedly struck a door with a knife.

Cunningham also admitted to carrying an article with a blade or point, namely a knife, in a public place with out reasonable excuse.

He also admitted to carrying another bladed weapon, this being a lockback knife.

Not guilty pleas to another two charges alleged against Cunningham were accepted by the Procurator Fiscal.

When Cunningham appeared for sentencing, he was told would be given a 10 week restriction of liberty order and tagged. He will have to remain at home from 7pm to 7am.

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