A DUNBAR woman was forced to barricade herself in a bedroom for her own safety after her drunk son behaved in a threatening manner.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told Riley McKenna, currently of Moredun Park Green, Edinburgh, began shouting and swearing before making threats to hang himself during a disturbing outburst at a house in Dunbar.

McKenna also threatened the woman by telling her she should “hang herself” before he “threatened to smash the TV” on September 16 this year.

The woman managed to grab the TV set and make her way to her bedroom and was said to have “barricaded herself” inside by pushing a chest of drawers against the door.

Neighbours overheard the commotion and called the police to deal with McKenna’s drunken outburst.

The 26-year-old appeared from custody at the capital court on Wednesday, when he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Sheriff Alistair Noble described the incident as “a concerning matter” and granted McKenna bail.

Sentence was deferred to October 28 for the preparation of social work reports.

McKenna admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing, uttering threats towards his mother at a property at Woodbush Place, Dunbar, on September 16.