Court

A man from Northern Ireland was sentenced to three years in prison by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Court last week after severely injuring another man in an assault that took place nearly two years ago.

Joseph McIvor, aged 27, from Limavady, pled guilty to assaulting Andrew Frame at Ryan Bay Caravan Park, Innermessan, on October 10, 2009, when punching him repeatedly on the head to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement.

Defending the accused, agent Ian Milligan said that McIvor had never been involved in “a crime of that kind before” adding that he usually contributed in a positive way in the community but on this occasion, said the solicitor, he had fallen short of his usual standards.

A “bored” sixteen-year-old youth who nicked his mother’s car and drove it onto the A75 Euro route without a licence or insurance appeared for sentencing at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week.

Liam Scott, 3 Douglas Road, Castle Kennedy admitted taking the car without the owners consent on May 9 and driving off in it when not age to hold a licence.

Lawyer Jocelyn Aitken said in mitigation that the accused had taken the car out of boredom and did not appreciate the severity of taking a vehicle onto the A75 without experience.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb ordered Scott to complete a community payback order of 12 months including 80 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him for driving for nine months.

An alcohol fuelled assault on a woman left a Stranraer man with a £300 fine after he appeared at the sheriff court in Stranraer last Tuesday.

Stephen McCrorie, aged 38, 28 McCormack Gardens, Stranraer, admitted assaulting Sarah Jane Wallace at McDowall Drive in the town on April 9 by seizing her by the clothing, pushing her to the ground and punching her on the head.

Depute Procurator Fiscal Kay Christie said that the accused was walking home after a drinking session at around 3am when he noticed the complainer was looking at him. He challenged her, saying “what are you looking at?” before assaulting her. The fiscal added that the complainer did not suffer any injuries in the unprovoked attack.

McCrorie’s agent Jocelyn Aitken said that the accused was extremely drunk, was not thinking clearly and had little recollection of the incident, adding that he now realised he would have been better “minding his own business” that night.

Sentencing, Sheriff Kenneth Robb warned McCrorie that he would have to watch his drinking.

A man who drove when twice over the drink drive limit on the A77 last month appeared for sentencing at Stranraer Court last week.

Sixty-year-old Christopher Le Plongeon, 9 Ryan Gardens, Innermessan, admitted driving his car on June 26 with 91 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35.

Fiscal Depute Kay Christie said that the chain of events began when the accused had called a friend for help after crashing his car. The police were duly alerted and arrived at the scene. The accused was breathalysed after admitting he had been driving.

Defending, agent Margo Nichol said the accused had been at festivities in Stranraer that day and the accident happened when he was driving home when he “over-corrected” after crossing onto the opposite carriageway.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb banned Le Plongeon from driving for two years and fined him £400.

Sentence was deferred until August for a Whithorn man who appeared from custody at the court in Stranraer last week after an incident at a house in Wigtown led to his arrest.

Bryce Lyons, aged 29, of 126 George Street, Whithorn, admitted forcing open a locked front door at 30A High Street, entering the property uninvited, struggling and fighting with Andrew Stafford, repeatedly refusing to leave the house when asked to do so and smashing a vase by throwing a mobile phone at it on July 3.

The case will be called again on August 2.

A Stranraer man who denies putting pedestrians at risk of injury in a Stranraer street by allegedly throwing a clothes horse backwards over his shoulder will go on trial in October.

John Brown, aged 40, 11 Glenorchard, Stranraer, appeared from custody to plead not guilty to a total of four charges including shouting and swearing at police officers, assaulting a special constable in a police car and uttering racial remarks towards police officers on July 1.

TWO Stranraer men who deny stealing copper pipe appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week when a trial date of August 8 was arranged.

Raymond Gavin, 40 Antrim Avenue, and Terence Westran, 74 McDowall Drive, are accused a stealing a quantity of the pipe from a property in McDowall Drive on June 30.

A TRIAL date of November 7 was arranged for a Stranraer woman who denies six charges including assaulting a police officer and theft.

Thirty-five-year-old Tina Clive, 3 Fairway, Stranraer, appeared from custody at the court in Stranraer on July 4 to plead not guilty to stealing a quantity of cosmetics from The Original Factory Shop in the town on July 1, struggling with police officers at Stranraer Police Station, assaulting two officers when allegedly kicking and punching them and attempting to bite them, kicking out at one officer and attempting to punch another one, and finally, shouting and swearing at officers.