Yob caught with blade in Paisley bar given last chance by sheriff

Steven Hoolihan
-Credit: (Image: Paisley Daily Express)


A Renfrewshire thug has avoided a jail term after being caught with a large knife in his waistband inside a Paisley pub.

Steven Hoolihan was snared after a member of the public made an anonymous call to Police Scotland stating they had spotted Hoolihan in Paisley’s New Street with the 30-centimetre blade on February 16 last year.

The 26-year-old then made his way into The Hashtag Bar where cops arrested him. Hoolihan, of Midton Road in Howwood, then went on to verbally abuse the officers, making threats and a racial remark.

The thug was subject to a bail order made just over a month prior to the time of the offence.

Procurator fiscal depute Michael Cunningham previously told Paisley Sheriff Court: “Around 9.15pm, Police Scotland received an anonymous call stating there was a male outside the Hashtag Bar in Paisley with a knife concealed within his waist band.

“The caller stated he witnessed the accused to lift his top and observed a large knife under his T-shirt and down the front of his trousers and then make his way into the bar.

“PCs Panther and Stewart alongside several other police units were actioned to attend.

“Officers immediately attended at the bar and advised the bar manager of the report and identified the accused following the description given by the caller.

“Hoolihan was then detained for a search with PC Panther recovering a large black handled article, roughly 30cm in length from Hoolihan’s waistband. The accused was placed in handcuffs and put in a police car.

“While being placed within the vehicle, the accused made several threats to police officers stating, ‘I’ll do you in next time I see you. Next time I see you you’re getting it you p***k’.

“Due to his behaviour, the accused was transferred into a marked police cell van and during this he continued to act aggressively towards police officers. While in the cell van, prior to the door closing, the accused looked towards PC Panther and shouted, ‘you black b*****d’.

“He was then taken to Greenock police station and, while en route, he continued his hostile behaviour and made several abusive and degrading comments to officers.

“Due to Hoolihan’s hostile and volatile behaviour, he wasn’t formally cautioned and charged. He was thereafter released on an undertaking to appear at this court.”

Hoolihan admitted to being in possession of the knife and to shouting, swearing, making a racial remark, threats and behaving in an aggressive manner.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge which alleged he assaulted PC Panther by attempting to kick him on the head. This plea was accepted by the Crown.

Defence agent Mr Allan told the court Hoolihan is already subject to a community-based disposal following a conviction at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Sheriff Millar imposed a “direct alternative to custody” and ordered Hoolihan carries out 120 hours of community service within 12 months and made him subject to supervision for 18 months.

A conduct requirement was also made as part of his supervision order which orders he must live with his grandmother.

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