A MAN lost the plot and attacked his adoptive mother at the family home in Johnstone - because she had refused to buy him Buckfast.

Angela Coughlin and her husband John, took Daniel and his older brother William, into their home when they were five and six - after they were taken into care when they were babies.

The Coughlins raised the youngsters as if they were their own children and tried to provide for them as best they could.

And Daniel repaid them by attacking Angela in a rampage which saw him get so out-of-control he was also accused of punching and kicking John and biting him on the body.

The red mist descended when Angela refused to buy Daniel some Buckfast - then refused to give him some of the wine the family were having with dinner.

The details emerged this week when Daniel, 20, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court to go on trial over the events of April 5 this year.

He pleaded guilty to two of the three charges he faced - assaulting his mother and behaving in a threatening or abusive way by shouting, swearing and acting aggressively.

His not guilty plea was accepted to a further charge of assaulting his dad by struggling violently with him, punching and kicking him on the body and repeatedly biting him, leaving him injured.

Procurator fiscal depute Shona Howie told the court that the incident took place just before 10pm at the family home in Cyprus Avenue after Daniel returned from a drinking session.

He admitted attacking his mum in exchange for a charge that he had battered his dad being dropped.

Defence solicitor Rhona Lynch said that both Daniel and his brother had issues in their adult lives which stemmed from their horrific childhoods.

The lawyer added: “He asked his mother to buy him a bottle of Buckfast and she refused.

He then wanted the wine his mother was drinking.

“He picked up the bottle and there was a struggle over the bottle.”

She asked for Sheriff James Spy to consider an absolute discharge.

She said that a conviction could hinder the unemployed first offender’s chances of finding a job.

After hearing that the family had written to prosecutors, asking for the case to be dropped, Sheriff Spy adjourned the case until next year - without proceeding to conviction.

He said: “The ball is now in your court - so you can make something of your life.”

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