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Man jailed for 'outburst over Grand Theft Auto' COURT.

An Aberdeen man has been jailed for four months after scaring his neighbours by shouting racist remarks - despite claiming the abuse was directed at Eastern European gangster characters in a video game.

Terry Whyte told Aberdeen Sheriff Court he had been engrossed in a game of Grand Theft Auto when the disturbance began on Monday evening.

The 31-year-old banged on doors and walls and made racist comments which were overheard by neighbours, including a threat to "cut your throats".

They were so concerned they contacted the police, with four officers sent to an address in the city's Summerfield Place.

Fiscal depute Christie Ward said that when they arrived, Whyte attempted to prevent them from placing handcuffs on him and made homophobic comments.

He also struggled with officers and lashed out violently.

His solicitor Kevin Longino yesterday said: "He was shouting while playing a game called Grand Theft Auto. What has happened is Mr Whyte has been banging and shouting at the computer.

"He was shouting at characters on the computer. And the game has Eastern European gangsters he had been playing against.

"He knows it is not acceptable behaviour."

The court heard Whyte had mental health issues and the combination of his medication with the alcohol he had consumed on the evening had contributed to his behaviour.

Mr Longino added that his client enjoyed playing video games because it stopped him from going out and meeting people in whose company he used to offend.

Whyte admitted acting in a threatening or abusive behaviour, struggling violently with police officers and swearing and making homophobic comments to police.

"He was shouting while playing a game called Grand Theft Auto"

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Publication:The Press and Journal (Aberdeen,Scotland)
Date:Aug 21, 2019
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