Newlyweds spend first night in cells

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A St Cyrus couple spent their wedding night behind bars after starting a bizarre fracas in Montrose High Street three hours after tying the knot.

Now Graeme Leslie is “spending his honeymoon behind bars” after being locked up over the altercation on Friday.

His bride, Margaret Leslie, has also been warned she faces a jail sentence over threats they made to staff at an off-licence, shoppers and police officers in Montrose.

The wedding had only been allowed to go ahead after bail conditions banning the pair from seeing each other were lifted just a week before the ceremony.

Mr and Mrs Leslie got married on Friday in Montrose - his third wedding and her second - before hosting a small reception for friends at a local pub.

But the evening descended into chaos with Mrs Leslie later screaming “you’ve ruined my wedding day - I’ll kill you” at a woman in the street before Mr Leslie, a former Royal Artillery soldier who served in The Falklands and Northern Ireland, threatened vicious attacks on officers who arrested him.

A court source said: “Instead of the honeymoon suite they spent their wedding night in the Arbroath custody suite. It doesn’t have the same romance.”

Forfar Sheriff Court heard today (Monday) they decided to call it a day early and head home to St Cyrus, stopping on the way to pick up drinks from the Party Time off-licence in Montrose High Street.

Fiscal depute Jill Drummond said a massive row then ensued after Mr Leslie selected two bottles of cider from the shop - prompting another customer to state: “That’ll give you some hangover.”

Miss Drummond said he pointed at the man and shouted abuse at him.

The fiscal continued: “He was then told he wasn’t going to be served and at that point knocked over £25 worth of alcohol, smashing it on the floor behind the till.

“Other witnesses told him to calm down and leave and he went out to the taxi where Mrs Leslie was.

“He was then prevented from re-entering the shop and was asked if it was his wedding day.

“She then went into the shop and, referring to the smashed bottles, shouted ‘Graeme didn’t do that - you’ve ruined my wedding day ... I’m going to kill you’.”

Police attended and held the pair separately in Montrose High Street, where both went on tirades in front of shocked families before they were arrested and hauled to Arbroath police station, where they both spent their first night as a married couple in separate cells.

Miss Drummond added that the pair bombarded officers with a tirade of vile abuse:

“Once at the police station he directed several threats to officers including ‘I’ll rip your face off’ and ‘I’ll do time for you’.

“He also stated ‘I was in Perth [prison] when Perth was Perth, not Butlins like it is now’.”

Graeme Leslie, 61, and Margaret Leslie, 56, both of Scotston Place, St Cyrus, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner on Montrose High Street on Friday September 9.

Nick Markowski, defending Mr Leslie, said: “They were married at 12.30pm and this happened shortly after.

“The question now is if he spends his honeymoon at home in St Cyrus or in prison.

“He is still wearing his wedding attire today.

“He has spent his first three days married in cells of one variety or another.”

Nick Whelan, for Mrs Leslie, added: “She didn’t envisage spending her wedding night in a police station but that’s exactly what happened.”

Sheriff Gregor Murray deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports, remanded Graeme Leslie in custody and released Margaret Leslie on bail meantime.

He said: “Your role was lesser, Mrs Leslie, but one of your comments puts you in danger of a custodial sentence.”

Speaking outside court, Margaret Leslie said: “I should have stayed in the taxi, but you’ve got to protect your own.

“I shouldn’t have done it.

“It wasn’t a big wedding - just half a dozen friends. It is my second marriage and his third.”