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Libyan threatened to shoot Scots

Faraj Mohamed. Pic by Central Scotland News Agency
Faraj Mohamed will be sentenced in Falkirk next month

A chemistry student threatened to "kill all Scots men" who visited his native Libya, a court has heard.

Faraj Mohamed, 32, of McDonald Crescent in Falkirk, also claimed to be the son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi and told a neighbour he had a gun.

During a hearing at Falkirk Sheriff, Court, he admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner and committing a breach of the peace

Sheriff William Gallacher deferred sentence on him until next month.

The court was told that a visibly agitated Mohamed approached his neighbours on the street on 7 February as they strapped their 14-month-old baby into a car seat.

Fiscal depute Ziad Hassan told the court: "He was gesticulating with his arms and shouted 'I'm Libyan - I'm Colonel Gaddafi's son.'

"He appeared to be bleeding and his left eye had a large blood patch on it.

"He continued shouting, and said 'If Scots come to Libya I'll kill you.'"

When one of his neighbours asked 'Do you mean me?', Mohamed replied: 'Yes - but not your wife and children'.

A passing dog walker, who approached Mohamed and told him to leave the couple alone, let his dog off its leash.

'Bizarre behaviour'

Mr Hassan said Mohamed then shouted "'Get the dog away from me, I've got a gun and I will shoot you'", before leaving the scene.

Defence solicitor Murray Aitken said Mohamed had been involved in an altercation outside a nightclub the previous night and had decided to return to Libya in the hours that followed.

He said the student was studying chemistry at a local college and was being paid to do so by his Libyan employer.

He said: "It's my submission that this was bizarre behaviour.

"The previous evening he had been drinking to excess - something which was alien to him before he came to this country.

"When he got home he proceeded to pack his suitcase and was determined to travel to London to see his cousin and tell him what had happened."

Mr Aitken said his client was not able to give a "reasonable explanation" for his behaviour.

He added: "He will likely be returning to Libya very soon."

Deferring sentence for background reports and to assess Mohamed's suitability for community service, Sheriff William Gallacher said: "I'm very troubled by this very serious breach of the peace - they are very troubling offences.

"The way you behaved must have caused a huge amount of alarm and distress."

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