A FORMER soldier threatened to hire hitmen to burn down a work colleague’s house and kill her, Wick Sheriff Court has heard.
Thirty-eight-year-old Paul Foulkes also admitted abusing his wife at their village home in Caithness on Christmas Eve and threatening to kill himself.
The court heard Foulkes, who had served with the British Army in Ireland and Iraq, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and had failed to take his medication.
He admitted telephoning a colleague on December 6, and threatening to hire two hitmen and burn down her house and kill her.
Foulkes also pleaded guilty to acting in an abusive manner at his home in Coopers Cottages, Barrock and uttering threats of violence to Julie Foulkes.
He threw a wedding ring across the room and punched a wardrobe while shouting and swearing at his wife.
At one point, he told his wife that she should make a decision about their marriage or he might punch her on the face. Foulkes also threatened to kill himself.
In the previous incident involving his colleague, he told her: “I will f***ing burn Ormlie down with everyone in it. I have hired two hitmen from Liverpool who have buried more people than you know. I am going to burn your house down and take you out. I know where you live.”
Sentence on him was deferred until February 14 for reports..