Jealous nurse handed warning for wrecking his ex-girlfriend’s Christmas tree

A Paisley nurse who turned into the Grinch and ruined his ex-girlfriend’s Christmas has escaped with a court’s warning.

Emmet McCann, 25, a staff nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, turned into the green-eyed monster following a break-up with his former partner.

McCann cut down festive lights, smashed baubles and trashed a Christmas tree when he found his ex Louise McDermott, also a nurse, in the company of another man.

Earlier today he appeared for sentencing at Paisley Sheriff Court after pleading guilty to a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.

Defence agent Amy Spencer said her client had been of good behaviour since the incident involving Ms McDermott on November 30 last year.

She said: “Sentence had been deferred for him to be of good behaviour and he has been of good behaviour.

“There has been no contact with the complainer since the incident.

“He accepts the relationship is at an end.

“And he has completely moved on from her and wants to have no contact with her in future.

“He has not entered into any new relationships and has been busy with his employment as a staff nurse at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.”

The court heard McCann had returned from a shift at the busy hospital to the house they shared at Paisley’s Polsons Crescent and flipped out when he discovered Ms McDermott sitting in the living room with Andrew O’Connor.

Procurator fiscal depute Victoria Keel told the court how McCann and Ms McDermott had been in a relationship, which ended in February last year, but they continued to live at the same property.

McCann began slamming doors. He took a picture frame outside and smashed it against the building.

His ex and Mr O’Connor fled the flat.

However, when she returned the following morning, she discovered McCann had trashed the house, wrecking the Christmas tree, cutting up her clothes and smashing another picture frame.

Prosecutor Victoria Keel said: “Ms McDermott returned the following day and observed the flat to be in a state of disarray.

“The Christmas tree was damaged. Tree lights were cut. Baubles were smashed. Another picture frame was also smashed.

“And her clothing had been cut up.”

Sheriff Tom McCartney told McCann: “I deferred sentencing for a period for you to demonstrate you could be of good behaviour.

“I have a report telling me there’s been no further allegations or any offending.

“It seems to me this matter was out of character and it is appropriate to deal with this by simply admonishing you at this stage.”

Daily Record – Paisley