A pensioner threatened with a knife in his own home by a masked thug today told how he would “never forget” what happened.
Brian Dalgarno, 71, spoke out after Graham Milne, 30, was jailed for 22 months for holding the six-inch kitchen knife to his neck.
Brian said he “just froze” when the hooded Milne entered his home in Northfield on January 12.
He said: “I was under the impression he was going to use it.
“As far as I’m concerned he didn’t get enough. I’d have said three or four years.”
And far from living his life in fear, Brian said he would relish the chance to come face to face with his attacker again.
He said: “I’d love to meet him on the street.
“I’ll move on but I’ll never forget about it.”
At the hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, fiscal depute Vicki Bell said the pensioner had been out drinking in various pubs in the course of the evening and received a call from Milne’s partner, who it is understood is known to him, and they arranged to meet at his home for a drink.
Ms Bell said the man arrived home at around 11.30pm. The buzzer went a short time later and he allowed entry to the building and unlocked his door.
She said: “Minutes later the accused entered and was wearing a hooded jumper pulled up over his face. He was in possession of a knife described as a six-inch kitchen knife.”
She added: “He approached the complainer who remained within his chair. He raised the knife, pointed it directly at the complainer and shouted at him. The accused then raised the knife to the left side of the complainer’s neck and threatened to use it.”
Police used CCTV from the lift at the building to trace the accused. Milne, whose address was given in court papers as George Street, Aberdeen, pled guilty to assaulting the man with his face masked, threatening him and presenting a knife at him.
Defence agent Peter Shepherd said his client had seen the message on his partner’s phone inviting her round for a drink and was unhappy at the liaison.
He said: “His purpose initially in going round was to give him a talking to. When he realised how old the complainer was he very much realised he’d gone far too far, asked the complainer not to contact the police and left.
“At the time of committing the offence the accused was very much under the influence of various types of drugs.”
Sheriff Jack Brown said on jailing Milne: “This must have been a terrifying experience for the complainer.”