DWP worker caught wearing Nazi shirt in Dennistoun, Glasgow

A HEAVY metal fan caught wearing a Nazi swastika t-shirt in public walked out of court.

James Williamson, 42, was trapped outside a neighbor’s apartment in Dennistoun on April 23, 2020.

He had previously knocked and kicked their front door, believing it to be his property.

Williamson – a DWP administrative officer – was later arrested while wearing the shirt, which he said resembled emblems associated with heavy metal band Slayer.

Williamson pleaded guilty in Glasgow Sheriff Court to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear or alarm to a reasonable person.

The court heard that Williamson showed up at Kelly Ward and Paul Hughes’ property at 1 p.m.

Prosecutor Rachel Wedlock told court Williamson was “kicking and knocking” on the front door.

Williamson said, “Open the door f ****** ya f ****** b ****.”

He then continued knocking on the door for 10 minutes before the police arrived.

Officers found Williamson, who was “under the influence of an unknown substance and cursing his words” still in joint proximity.

Ms Wedlock added: “At that time, Williamson was observed to wear a white t-shirt with a Nazi Reichsadler symbol and a swastika.”

Williamson was arrested and in response to his warning and charge he replied, “It doesn’t make any difference. ”

Defending Douglas McAllister told court Williamson was addicted to a new drug and believed he was in his own apartment.

The lawyer added: “He is a fan of the heavy metal band Slayer which has Iron Cross and German Eagle designs.

“The one he was wearing is not an official Slayer t-shirt and has a Nazi swastika on it.

“He has no memory of the clothes he was wearing and doesn’t know why he left the apartment without pants or shoes.

“He incredibly apologizes for the upheaval he would have caused.

“Mr. Williamson works full time and worked for the Department of Work and Pensions as an administrative officer for six years. ”

Sheriff Jonathan Guy has deferred his sentence for good behavior by six months.

He told Williamson: “You are someone who has almost no records and has a stable job.

“There is no doubt to the victims that it would have been upsetting and worrying especially if you were wearing a very offensive t-shirt.

“Sitting against it you had no intention of doing these things and it was unwise to use the amount of the drug you did because it could have caused you to act in the messy way you did. ”

Williamson will return to court next June and remains on bail in the meantime.

Elizabeth J. Harless