Boozed-up thug held knife to man’s throat in Renfrewshire pub

Paisley Sheriff Court
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A man was forced to defend himself with a chair after a young thug assaulted him with a knife in a Renfrewshire pub.

Ryan Murphy had been boozing with his partner on February 6 last year at The Gryffe Inn in Bridge of Weir’s Main Street.

The 23-year-old spent around two hours drinking lager and vodka when he left the pub to go meet a friend.

On his return to the pub, Murphy, of Houston Road in Bridge of Weir, appeared more drunk than when he left and was in possession of a kitchen knife.

Murphy spotted his partner at the bar chatting to a man – who was unknown to him – and threw his arm around his neck before holding the knife to his throat.

The victim was forced to use a pub chair to try keep out-of-control Murphy away from him while punters tried to convince Murphy to drop the knife before anyone was hurt.

Sheriff Millar imposed a “direct alternative to custody” ordering Murphy to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work in the community within 12 months. This was reduced from 200 hours to reflect the early timing of Murphy’s guilty plea.

Procurator fiscal depute Michael Cunningham previously told Paisley Sheriff Court: “Around 9pm on Monday, February 6, the witness and the accused were at the Gryffe Inn for a night of socialising.

“For around two hours, Murphy drank a mixture of lager and vodka and appeared to be in good spirits. Around 11pm, the accused left the pub advising his partner, that he lives with, that he was going to see a friend and would return shortly.

“Around 11.30pm, the accused returned to the pub when [his partner] noted he was heavily intoxicated, more than when he left. The witness was sitting at the bar speaking to [the man] who wasn’t previously known to the accused.

“The accused approached him and threw his right arm around his neck. [The man] and the witness then observed the accused to be in possession of a black-handled kitchen knife.

“The accused pushed [the man’s] head with his hand while the victim was trying to keep the knife away from him. Murphy then put his hand on his neck and held the knife there.

“In fear of his safety, [the man] grabbed a chair and used it as a guard between him and the accused. Murphy repeatedly stepped towards him with his hand raised while holding the knife.

“Numerous witnesses attempted to appeal to the accused to drop the knife before any harm was caused and the accused then stabbed the knife into the nearby bar before walking away.

“Murphy then attended to the seating area to the right of the bar and police were contacted who attended and informed Murphy he was under arrest.

“He was cautioned and made no reply, taken to Greenock police station and later released on an undertaking to appear at this court.”

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