Court

A man who poured a kettle of hot water over his head after refusing to leave a house in Garlieston was sentenced to a community service order, including 150 hours of unpaid work, by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Thirty-four-year-old Scott Bradley, Cowgate, Garlieston, returned to the court for sentencing after pleading guilty to behaving in a threatening manner at 15 Randolf Crescent in the village on January 4.

In mitigation, agent Ian Milligan said that the accused was battling drug and personal problems at the time.

A forty-four-year-old woman caught driving when disqualified who then repeated the offence two months later was banned from driving for four years by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Catherine Craig, of 29 Seaview, Wigtown, returned for sentencing after admitting, at a previous diet, to driving a van when disqualified and without insurance cover, on the A746 near Knockanne junction on April 4. She also pled guilty to using a pick-up in Seaview, Wigtown, having failed to apply for a driving licence after a period of disqualification and without insurance on June 16.

The sheriff also fined the accused a total of £600.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence and called for reports on a 22-year-old Whithorn man who bought alcohol on behalf of a 14-year-old who wanted to celebrate their birthday.

The court heard from Procurator Fiscal Neil Allan that Scott Martin, of 8 Ketburn Place, had been given £20 by youngsters to buy booze. He admitted going to Costcutters store in town and buying vodka and cider before handing it over to them.

The case will be called again on November 22.

A Sorbie woman accused of benefit fraud will go on trial at Stranraer Sheriff Court next February.

Forty-six-year-old Fiona Clements-Russell, of Stonehouse Cottage, pled not guilty by letter to failing to tell Jobcentre Plus and the Department of Works and Pensions of a change in her circumstances that affected her entitlement to income support by failing to mention that she was living with her husband at Stonehouse Cottage, when she had a second property, Glencairn, on the Barsalloch Shore, near Monreith, that’s value was in excess of the prescribed limit.

Clements-Russell is also accused of obtaining Council Tax benefit under the same circumstances.

A Newton Stewart man who fell out with his partner in a local pub was fined £600 at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday this week.

David McKeevor, 43, of 2 Princes Terrace, pled guilty to assaulting Fiona McCutcheon by striking her on the head to her injury at the Central Bar in the town on October 2. He also admitted sending grossly offensive texts to her from 27 Mansfield Place the same night.

Defending, solicitor Ian Milligan said this was an isolated incident and totally out of character. The accused now realised he had compounded the situation be sending the texts. McKeevor admitted he had drunk to excess that evening, as had the complainer, said Mr Milligan.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb said it was worrying that the accused was seemingly excusing himself of any responsibility for his actions because he was drunk but that still did not explain away the text messages, he added.

A man who was found guilty after a trial of obstructing police officers searching him for drugs was ordered to complete a community service order of 100 hours by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Court on Tuesday.

Douglas Wright, aged 34, of 21 Ewart Drive, Newton Stewart, had also put an item in his mouth and swallowed it in front of the officers in Gas Works Lane on November 11 last year.

The accused’s lawyer Ian Milligan said that Wright was still protesting his innocence even though he had been found guilty.

Sentencing, the sheriff commented that the accused “seemed to be getting himself sorted out”.

A thirty-year-old man will go on trial in February after denying the theft of a charity box.

Mark Whyte, aged 30, of 14 Masonfield Crescent, Minnigaff, has pled not guilty to taking the box and its contents from the premises at 50D Victoria Street, Newton Stewart on March 28.

A Whithorn man who denies two drug offences will return to the sheriff court in Stranraer to stand trial on November 21.

Darren Carnochan, aged 31, of 121-123 George Street, plead not guilty on Monday to being concerned in the supply of Cannabis Resin at Glenorchard, Stranraer, on March 31. He also denies being in possession of valium at Stranraer Police Station on April 1.

A drink driver from Glenluce was disqualified for two years and fined £300 after pleading guilty to driving when twice over the legal limit last Sunday.

Forty-four-year-old William McGhie, 1 St John Street, Glenluce, admitting driving his car in Market Street, Stranraer with 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35, driving when his provisional licence had expired and driving without insurance.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb also ordered the accused to complete community pay back orders totalling 160 hours.

A Dunragit man who suffers anxiety attacks will return for sentencing at Stranraer Sheriff court on November 22 after admitting assault.

Thirty-year-old Darren McNairn, 4 Dounan Road, pled guilty at an earlier diet to assaulting James McConnackie in the Bucks Head in Hanover Street, Stranraer, on September 30 by headbutting him in the face. He also admitted struggling with two police officers and threatening them with violence.

Agent for the accused Ian Milligan told the court that McNairn had been at a family party when a row started. As he suffered from anxiety problems, the accused was getting stressed and was told repeatedly to calm down. But this advise seemed to have had the reverse effect and he headbutted the complainer, but did not injure him.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb decided to defer sentence on the accused for reports.

A man who drove around the street of Stranraer with the doors of his vehicle open with another man holding on to the outside of the door frame appeared for sentencing at court on Tuesday.

John Wilson, 36, of Newk Farm, Stranraer, admitted accelerating harshly while Ramsay Walker was holding on and then driving round with the doors fully open with a passenger inside, to the endangerment of them both.

Wilson was given a community service order by Sheriff Kenneth Robb to include 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.

One hundred days in prison was the penalty for a thief who appeared from custody at the court in Stranraer on Monday.

Alexander Kerr, aged 31, of 49F Agnew Crescent, Stranraer, admitted stealing a quantity of pet medication from Tesco on October 22.

A Stranraer man was sentenced to 200 unpaid work after he appeared for sentencing at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday on theft and assault charges.

Stuart Adams. aged 24, 32 Bridge Street, Stranraer, plead guilty at an earlier diet to stealing a wallet and its contents, including various bank cards, a licence and £145 in cash from Little Las Vegas in Charlotte Street, on July 25 this year. He also admitted assaulting Thomas Govan the same day.