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Drunk Lanarkshire thug jailed for two years after threatening police with rifle

The drunken man called the police, picked up an air rifle and told the panicked family member ‘I am waiting for them to come’.

The threat caused an armed response unit to rush to the home of Samuel Williamson.

But the Hamilton Sheriff’s Court heard this week that he dropped the weapon when confronted by specially trained officers.

Drunk Lanarkshire thug jailed for two years after threatening police with rifle

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Six months later Williamson became involved in another standoff with police as he wielded a knife and metal poles.

Williamson, 32, admitted to possessing an air rifle without a certificate and of making threats or abusive behavior.

He also admitted to stabbing a man at Larkhal on a later occasion.

The court heard that the gun incident took place in his Lonely Crescent around 9 p.m. on March 31, 2020, when Williamson had been drinking all day.

He was “acting out of character” and contacted the police.

He then went upstairs with an air rifle and said he was “waiting for the police to arrive”. That comment “horrified” a young family member.

Police were informed of the alleged threat and the firearms officer went home. He was ordered to drop the air rifle and lie on the ground which he did.

Williamson was taken to the hospital after he told officials that he had taken an overdose of pills.

He violated the bail conditions by visiting the family home on September 26, 2020.

The police were called around noon and when they arrived Williamson shouted ‘If you come through that door I’ll kill you’.

He then broke a living room window, forcing an officer to bathe in glass, before damaging objects in various rooms.

He waved a knife and metal sticks, and warned that he would kill the police officers as well as himself.

The standoff lasted 90 minutes before police negotiators persuaded Williamson to release himself.

The third incident took place at West Clyde Street, Larkhall on June 6 last year at around 7.15 pm.

Williamson admitted to stabbing his victim and threatening police officers.

Prosecutor Jennifer McCabe said: “The men were arguing and the accused produced a locking knife with a four-inch blade.

“He pointed a knife at the man, hit his torso but there was no injury.

“Another witness tried to stop the accused who was heavily intoxicated.

“Williamson was arrested and made several threats to kill police officers.

“He said that if he is released, he will return to the area and kill someone. He said that he was not making threats but making promises.

“He suffered a head injury and was taken to the hospital where he continued to abuse the police officers.”

Defense agent Jackson Bateman said his client had a mental health problem as well as a chronic alcoholism problem.

Williamson is said to have been badly affected by the death of his brother in a car accident in December 2020. Williamson himself was injured in this collision.

Sheriff John Spear jailed him for two years, withdrew on June 7 last year as he has been in custody since.

Upon his release from prison, Williamson will be monitored by social workers for 18 months.

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