A devastated father grieving the cot death of his baby son brandished a machete after a neighbour abused him in the street, a court was told.
Richard Donnelly, 38, whose little boy Aiden died at six-months-old, was called a “w*****” amid claims he was responsible for what happened to the baby.
The Daily Record reports the dad, from Renfrewshire, Scotland, armed himself with the knife and stormed back into the street.
The father-of-10 was returning home after attending the christening of Aiden’s twin brother Kieran, when he was vilified by a neighbour.
The court was told police had been alerted to the incident, then attended Mr Donnelly’s home where he appeared "intoxicated".
The fiscal added: “When he was arrested by police he replied, ‘I was provoked.’”
Cops recovered the weapon from underneath his sofa.
Defending, Amy Spencer said: “He resides with his wife and 10 children at the address and works full time with a removals firm.
“In January, he lost one of his children, who was a six-month-old baby boy, to cot death.
“The neighbour had posted comments on social media saying he was responsible for the death of his baby.
“This was the first time he had seen the neighbour since he had been at a christening party. The baby who was lost had a twin.”
The lawyer said “matters escalated significantly” following the encounter with his neighbour.
She said: “He accepts responsibility for the offence and understands it was completely inappropriate and disproportionate.”
Sheriff James Spy agreed with his lawyer and showed mercy to Donnelly following his admission of guilt.
He said: “I accept that there were tragic circumstances that led to the committing of this offence that will never arise again.”
He handed Mr Donnelly a Community Payback Order consisting of 80 hours of unpaid work to be completed within four months.
The Express revealed earlier this year the Donnelly family had launched an appeal for support in building a memorial bench for their baby son.
Heartbroken Mary Donnelly, 38, had woken to find tiny Aiden lying lifeless beside his twin brother Kieran.
Despite the best efforts of his dad Richard and paramedics at resuscitating the tot, the baby died in the family home on the morning of January 27.
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