Court round up

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ADMITTING doing a handbrake turn cost a Glenluce driver £2,000 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Andrew Copeland, 21, of 2 Mains of Park, appeared in the dock on Monday at the sheriff court to admit driving carelessly at the A75 junction with the A747 near Glenluce on September 4 last year when executing a handbrake turn and losing control of his car.

Fiscal Depute Kay Christie told the court that police were in the area carrying out speed checks when they heard the accused’s car approaching the junction and witnessed him doing the u-turn.

Agent Ian Milligan said that Copland’s actions were “a moment of stupidness” that he now regretted. As the accused had six points on his licence already and driving was his livelihood the lawyer appealed to the sheriff not to ban him from driving.

Sheriff Robb noted that Copeland’s driving record was not impressive before adding five more points to his licence, one shy of an automatic ban. He stopped short of imposing a ban but fined the accused the maximum amount.

A forty-four-year old man will stand trial on March 28 after pleading not guilty to breach of the peace and assault charges.

Scott Lyons, of Denbigh, Wales, appeared at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Monday to deny engaging in a fight at the Queens Arms Hotel, Isle of Whithorn, on April 4 last year. He also plead not guilty to assaulting Donna Scoular by pulling her hair and punching her and assaulting another female by pushing her and knocking her to the ground on the same date.

TWO Newton Stewart men appeared in the dock at Stranraer Sheriff Court earlier this week to deny intent to steal.

Kevin Bradley, 40, 45C Princes Street and Kevin Williams, 35, 1 Ghyll Crescent, both pled not guilty to attempting to break into an address at Burnside Court, Minnigaff on November 21.

A trail date of March 28 was set.

A bus driver who denies dangerous driving will go on trial at the sheriff court in Stranraer on March 30.

Forty-one-year old Ian Murphy, 21 Trades Court, Stranraer, appeared at the court on Monday to plead not guilty to driving at excessive speed around corners, hitting the verge, causing passengers to become unbalanced and fall from their seats, drive at 60mph in on a road with a 30mph limit, repeatedly brake harshly and drive for approximately half a mile on the opposite carriageway during a journey between Torrs Warren Hotel, Stoneykirk and Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart on August 6 last year.

TWO men charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice will go on trial at the sheriff court in Stranraer on March 30.

John Jolly, 51, of 14 Kings Road, Whithorn and Martin Jolly, 60, of Calgow Farm, Newton Stewart both appeared at the court on Monday to plead not guilty to a charge of pretending to police officers, between October 8 and 28 last year, that a trailer allegedly involved in a collision with the Challoch Bridge near Dunragit was already damaged upon collection at Scunthorpe and no such collision with Challoch Bridge took place.

John Jolly also denies driving a lorry and trailer without due care and attention on October 8 when allegedly hitting and getting stuck under at the Challoch Bridge; failing to report an accident to the police within 24 hours and driving for five hours five minutes without a break of 45 minutes.

A NEWTON Stewart man who is alleged to have threatened to shoot everyone in a ward at the Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries appeared in the dock at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Fifty-eight-year old Gregory Black, Benyellary, York Road, entered a plea of not guilty to making a grossly offensive telephone calls, from Crichton Royal Hospital, to a woman and threatening to go to the Nithsdale Ward there and shoot everyone on February 10. The accused also denies behaving in a threatening manner at Newton Stewart Police Station when threatening to kill himself and two police officers the same day.

The case will be called again later this month.

A SERVING soldier who drove when over the drink-drive limit was banned from driving for three years by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at the court in Stranraer on Monday.

Twenty-two-year old Andrew Lochery, 2 Hillside Drive, Stranraer, plead guilty to driving in George Street and King Street in the town with 69 microgammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35, on February 18. He also admitted driving without insurance.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Kay Christie told the court that the accused had been out drinking in Stranraer that night. At around quarter the three in the morning an officer monitoring CCTV cameras noticed a car being driven erratically in George Street. Police on patrol in the town were alerted and saw the accused parking the same car in King Street. Lochery then got out of the car and spoke to the police who noted he was smelling of alcohol.

In mitigation, solicitor Michael Kilkerr said that the accused was surprised the car was not insured as he had insured the car in Germany. He had been out drinking with a friend who was shortly to move to Australia and apologised to the court for his actions.

Sheriff Robb also fined Lochery a total of £800.

A TWENTY-year-old Minnigaff man will go on trial later this month after denying committing breach of the peace near his home.

Martin Gillespie, 2 Holmpark Drive, pled not guilty to breaking a window at 5 Holmpark Drive on February 20 and, while acting with others, shouting and swearing and challenging people to a fight.

SENTENCE was deferred until March 15 for reports on a Stranraer man who appeared from custody to admitted punching holes in the walls of his home.

Martin Spears, of 18 Cairnview Court, pled guilty to causing malicious damage by punching holes in the walls and interior doors, destroying kitchen units, breaking the smoke alarm and damaging the electric fuse box between October 1, 2008 and February 25.

A GLENLUCE man who threw a kebab at staff in Stranraer’s Kismet Kebab Shop was told by a sheriff his actions would cost him considerably more than the food did after he appeared from custody on Monday.

Brian Smith, 11 sun Street, admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner towards Akin Gunar and Hasan Celik by uttering racial remarks and to assaulting Mr Gunar by throwing a kebab at him last Sunday evening.

Fiscal Depute Kay Christie said that the accused had ordered food in the kebab shop before complaining about the prices and becoming abusive towards the complainers.

Defending, agent Paul Feeney said that Smith was embarrassed by the circumstances he found himself in and that he had “consumed drink” before the incident happened.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined him a total of £235.

A MAN who became depressed after losing his job was fined at the court in Stranraer after assaulting two people last weekend.

The court heard that Thomas Smith of 16 Whitson Avenue, Stranraer, began and argument with a woman and her sister outside a licensed premises in the town. He was shouting offensive remarks and becoming so physically aggressive towards one woman that her sister went back inside the pub to aske for for help. Three people went outside to intervene but one of them was then punched by the accused and fell to the ground.

In mitigation, solicitor Paul Feeney told he court that the accused had been receiving treatment for depression

since losing his job and had forgotten to take his medication. The agent added that this behaviour was “out of character” but added that Smith had drunk a considerable amount of alcohol that night and had been arguing for the sake of it.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined the accused a total of £150.

TWO Machars men accused of theft will go on trial at Stranraer Sheriff Court in July.

Roderick Greig, 63, of Meadowbank Cottage, Torhousemuir, Wigtown and Robert Houston, 49, Burnside Bungalow, Burnside Lane, Garlieston, both deny breaking into the industrial unit occupied by Stephen Murray, at Bladnoch Industrial Estate, near Wigtown on August 9 last year and stealing a radial arm saw.

AN unqualified teenager driver who pled guilty to a list of motoring offences had her sentenced deferred for reports by Sheriff Kenneth Robb on Tuesday at the court in Stranraer.

Nineteen-year-old Bobbie Furfey, 4 Forteviot Gardens, Garlieston admitted driving a car without a qualified driver or ‘L’ plates or insurance cover in George Street, Whithorn on January 29. She also admitted failing to report and accident to police within 24 hours and failing to provide two specimens of breath for analysis at Newton Stewart Police Station.

Fiscal depute Kay Christie told the court that the accused had been in the car in Whithorn with other friends. She swapped seats with the driver and drove the car through the streets of Whithorn, but failed to maintain control of the car when attempting a u-turn, colliding with three parked cars. Residents who heard the noise called the police. When she was taken to the station in Newton Stewart she provided one breath specimen with an alcohol reading of 81 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35, but had failed to give a second sample.

Furfey will return for sentencing on March 29 and was banned from driving in the interval.

A STRANRAER man who denies abduction and assault will stand trial on June 4.

James Ryder, 55, 7 Royal Crescent, Stranraer, is accused of assaulting Linda Ryder by seizing her by the body, abducting her, close and lock a door blocking her path preventing her from leaving the house, detaining her against her will at 7 Royal Crescent on October 3 last year.