Wedding night jail couple to be reunited next week

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A couple who spent their wedding night behind bars after an altercation in Montrose will be able to start their married life together next week.

Graeme Leslie “spent his honeymoon behind bars” after being locked up over the altercation on Friday, September 12, but was told today (Thursday) he would be released from jail in six days.

His bride, Margaret Leslie, earlier told how the pair had missed their caravan park honeymoon trip because he was on remand over the incident.

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 were wed in Montrose last month - 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 Falklands and Northern Ireland - threatened vicious attacks on police officers who arrested him.

Mr Leslie was locked up awaiting sentence while Mrs Leslie was given bail.

Now he has been handed a two month jail term - meaning he will walk free within a week after serving a month behind bars.

She was fined £200 for her part in the incident.

Forfar Sheriff Court heard they decided to call it a day early and head home to nearby 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.” Leslie then pointed and swore at the customer.

Miss Drummond said: “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.”

To which Mr Leslie became abusive, followed by Mrs Leslie entering the shop and shouting abuse and threats at staff.

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 taken to Arbroath police station, where they both spent their first night as a married couple in separate cells.

Both Mr and Mrs Leslie proceeded to then threaten and abuse officers

Graeme Leslie, 61, and Margaret Leslie, 56, both of Scotston Place, St Cyrus, Montrose, 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.

“He has spent his first three weeks 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 imposed a two month prison sentence on Mr Leslie and fined Margaret Leslie £200.

He said: “I congratulate you on your wedding but what happened after was an appalling sequence of events.”

Turning to Leslie he added: “I wish you well in the future. I am told you are a nice man when you’re sober, and frankly at your age you should know better.”

Speaking outside court, Margaret Leslie said: “I’m happy. I’ll see him on Wednesday but I didn’t even get to give him a kissie today.”

She added: “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.”