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Man slashed his own throat in shop; Accused told cops :'I want to die ...shoot me.'.

Byline: Court reporter

A thug slashed his throat and arms in fornt of his ex in a charity shop.

Benjamin Lowe, of Cultenhove Road, Stirling, had been "totally out of control" at the Salvation Army shop in Alloa on January 16.

He threw crockery, glass and other objects at a police officer and smeared blood over shop doors and windows.

The 27-year-old admitted charges of threatening and abusive behaviour and assaulting Sgt Scott Thomson to his permanent disfigurement.

He was jailed for three years at Stirling Sheriff Court.

Lowe's agent Frazer McCready said his client had a difficult upbringing. He had witnessed a serious assault on his mother as a child and suffered mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

After being released from a prison sentence Lowe started a college course and began a relationship with Cheryl Young, who gave him encouragement.

However, Lowe was waking up at night with nightmares. He continued to attend college but became homeless and was not eligible for housing benefit because he was receiving a bursary.

Mr McCready said he was told by the Citizens' Advice Bureau it would be simpler to leave college and claim benefits.

Mr McCready said "life got too much" for Lowe and he bought a knife with the intention of selfharming.

Lowe went to the shop to say goodbye to Ms Young but was told she was not available. He started to use the knife on his own body, slashing his neck, arm and wrists with a view to taking his own life.

He said "This is it" and "This is the final goodbye".

Police were summoned but Lowe continued to self-harm and told them: "I want to die. F***** shoot me."

Officers used an irritant spray but that turned Lowe into "a raging bull". He held the knife to ward off police and picked up crockery and other objects and thew them at the officers.

Sgt Thomson's injuries, said Mr McCready, had left permanent marks but were not life-changing.

Lowe was arrested and taken into custody, where he has been since January 19. He had received psychiatric treatment there.

He has support from his father, said the lawyer, and would be able to stay at his tenancy in Robertson Place, Stirling.

Sheriff Gilchrist expressed surprise that Ms Young had visited Lowe in prison.

But she told the court from the public benches: "I have visited him three times a week since January19."

Mr McCready said Lowe was "genuinely remorseful", adding: "He felt he was in a hole and kept digging. That is why he bought the knife. He saw no way out. He now knows he has a future."

He suggested a community payback order and said Lowe was also willing to pay compensation to Sgt Thomson.

Lowe also admitted three summary charges involving an incident in Stirling's Fubar on November 19. He had assaulted a man there by trying to gouge his eye with his finger, resisted three police officers and kicked a police inspector on the body.

Sheriff Gilchrist told Lowe he had committed the charity shop offences when he was on bail for the offences at the Fubar, which were also serious.

He pointed out that Lowe has previouslty been jailed for assault.

He told Lowe a prison term was inevitable but expressed the hope that he would continue to receive treatment while serving the prison term.

Sheriff Gilchrist sentenced him to nine months on the Fubar charges, 15 months for the selfharming incident at the charity shop and 12 months for attacking Sgt Thomson there.

The terms were to run consecutively.

Lowe will also be under supervision for a year after his release.
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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Jun 13, 2018
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