Stranraer Sheriff Court Files for Monday February 11th and Tuesday 12th.
A WHITHORN youth has been remanded in custody after admitting kicking a car.
Christopher McQuarrie (17) of Isle Street plead guilty on Friday to damaging the vehicle when it was parked on Glasserton Court, Whithorn on December 28th.
Sentence was deferred for reports and he will appear again in March.
A TRIAL date has been set for a Garlieston man who is accused of assault.
Gordon Patterson (39) of Randolph Crescent in the town denies attempting to punch Stephen Lochrie on September 12th and also plead not guilty to conducting himself in a disorderly manner, shouting, swearing and uttering threats.
In court on Monday, lawyer Margot Nicol said that Patterson would be prepared to plead guilty to the charge without the words "uttered threats" but the Crown would not accept this.
The trial will take place on March 3rd.
STRANRAER man accused of throwing roof slates from the top of the town's Millennium Centre has denied the charge.
Mark Hughes (20) of Belmont Crescent plead not guilty on Monday to removing the slates from the roof on September 8th along with a heating flue and throwing them into the road below, into the path of his friends.
He will stand trial on February 25th.
A WOMAN who denies allowing her young child to play unsupervised on the street while she slept at home failed to show up for a court appearance on Monday.
Due to a mix-up, Nikki Allison (23) of Murrayfield Avenue wasn't brought from Cornton Vale prison, where she is currently serving a sentence, to confirm a previously tendered plea of not guilty.
A trial date has been set for February 27th.
A YOUNG motorist has been disqualified from driving for six months after he drove the family car without insurance.
Daniel Addison (21) of Cults Cottage, Whithorn was spotted by police on June 5th last year at 11.45am as he drove near Castle Kennedy with his father in the car.
A previous conviction which had seen Addison disqualified from driving had caused his mother to take him off the car insurance in a fit of anger but she failed to inform Addison or her husband, said lawyer Ian Milligan.
So whilst the father was driving to Stranraer, he told Addison he was prepared to let him earn their trust again and allowed him to drive.
"But neither of them knew he had been taken off the insurance," said Mr Milligan.
Sheriff Tom Millar pointed out that as Addison was already disqualified at the time, he wouldn't have been insured anyway and imposed a further six month ban along with a 400 fine.
A TWENTY-four year old Garlieston man has denied assaulting a man outside a Stranraer nightspot.
Scott Galashan, of North Crescent, will stand trial on February 25th accused of the assault on Cameron Craig last August, during which it is said he headbutted him.
A DRIVER accused of wheelspinning and veering across the carriageway outside Newton Stewart has denied the charge.
Daniel McDonald (22) of Arthur Street, Newton Stewart plead not guilty of careless driving when he appeared in court on monday morning.
It is said he skidded onto the opposite carriageway at the A75/A712 New Galloway junction on September 2nd, causing an oncoming driver to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
He will stand trial on March 3rd.
A ONE hundred and fifty pound fine has been imposed on a woman who stole a pair of trainers, a mobile phone and 10 from a lover she discovered had been unfaithful.
Jennifer McNally (41) of Ross Avenue, Stranraer admitted stealing the items from the house of her ex at Park Road, Dunragit on September 1st.
The court heard that McNally had been staying at the house for two days and went to pack her things up to leave when she discovered the phone number of a female neighbour.
Lawyer Paul Feeney said that investigations led to McNally learning that her partner had been unfaithful and when she left the house, McNally took a pair of trainers, a mobile and the 10, which she claimed was for her bus fare home.
Mr Feeney added: "The couple transferred money between each other regularly when they were together, so this was nothing unusual.
"The man actually owed my client 180 and she took the items, intending to keep them until he paid her back."
Sheriff Tom Millar said to McNally: "No matter what the reason, you abused someone's trust when you were in their home."
A TWENTY-two year old Stranraer man has denied stealing ornaments, clocks, a lamp, jewellery and a lighter from a house in the town.
Alan Watson, of Windsor Terrace, Academy Street, will stand trial on March 3rd accused of taking the items from a house on Dalrymple Court on September 24th last year.
A MAN has denied assaulting another man in Stranraer by grabbing his neck and sitting on him.
James Harvey (27) of Dalrymple Street will stand trial on February 25th for the alleged attack on William McDonald on London Road last August.
AN EMPLOYEE who stole a bank card from the restaurant in which he worked was fined in court this week.
William Neil (33) who now lives in Dumfries had been engaged in his duties at Cinnamon, on Newton Stewart's Victoria Street on November 3rd when he found a bag which had been left behind.
Lawyer Paul Feeney said that Neil had originally "rummaged through it" in a bid to ascertain whose it was but found a bank card with a pin number beside it.
"He simply succumbed to the temptation," said Mr Feeney.
Neil, who has had an alcohol problem since the age of 13, then took the card to the nearby Royal Bank of Scotland cash machine and took out 100 before using the Clydesdale Bank cash machine across the road and withdrawing a further 200.
He took 60 to court to begin paying the cash back and Sheriff Tom Millar ordered him to repay the remaining 240 and also fined him 200.
SENTENCE on a man who threatened to kill a police officer has been deferred.
Terence Westran (20) who is currently serving a custodial sentence for a separate matter, also admitted kicking the inside of a cage door whilst in the rear or a police van at John Simpson Avenue, Stranraer on November 12th and causing it to smash.
He will be sentcned on April 22nd, when he is due to appear for a non-related matter.
A YOUNG motorist has denied a charge of dangerous driving after his car rolled over onto its roof.
Neil McGuffie (19) of Hawthorne Way, Stranraer is charged with losing control of his car near Caldons Farm on November 11th, whereby it hit an embankment and rolled over.
He will stand trial on April 21st.
A LORRY driver whose trailer collided with Challoch Bridge near Dunragit has had his licence endorsed with four penalty points.
Robert McAleese (46) from Manchester admitted driving without due care and attention on October 20th when his HGV came into contact with the bridge at 3.30am.
Fiscal Kenny Grieve said on Tuesday that no damage was caused to the bridge, only to the trailer.
Sheriff Tom Millar also fined McAleese 300.
A FERRY passenger who was caught carrying a baton and in possession of cannabis has been ordered to appear in court.
James Felton (29) from Blackpool plead guilty to the two charges by letter but Sheriff Tom Millar has ordered his personal appearance on March 11th.
Felton was also charged with carrying a knife when he was stopped at the P&O port on November 28th but claimed this was for cutting open bubble wrap on the items in his lorry and this was accepted by the Crown.
A YOUNGSTER has been sentenced to four months in custody after pleading guilty to theft and assault charges.
Nineteen-year old Thomas MacDonald, whose address is given as Princes Street, Stranraer, admitted stealing milk and bread from Spar on the town's Kerrsland Road last June and also admitted punching a man on his head on December 14th at Thistle Street.
A further charge saw MacDonald admit committing a breach of the peace at Parklea Gardens where he shouted, swore and uttered threats.Lawyer Paul Feeney said that MacDonald has had a "tragic past" and has had to put up with great difficulties, and that various authorities have now come to the conclusion that MacDonald has been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder since the death of his uncle and "various unsavoury matters" in his life.
Sheriff Tom Millar said that given MacDonald's criminal background, he would have to impose a custodial sentence but that he would also impose a probation order which should help him address some of his issues.
MacDonald was given a sentence of four months, to date back to December, as well as an extra 30 day period and two years' probation.
A TWENTY-two year old man who damaged two cars on McDowall Drive in Stranraer has been ordered to do community service.
Sentence had originally been deferred on Steven Palmer, of Ashwood Drive, Stranraer for reports after he admitted maliciously punching the wing mirrors of two cars on December 23rd.
Sheriff Tom Millar told Palmer on Tuesday that due to his previous record, he was "sailing very close to the wind" but that the report showed promise.
Palmer was also placed on probation for a year.
A YOUNG Stranraer man who jumped on the bonnet of a car and kicked the wing mirror has been ordered to pay back the 200 worth of damage he caused.
Michael Skene (17) of Murrayfield Gardens admitted by letter to causing the damage at Sun Street in Stranraer on December 9th.
Sheriff Tom Millar also fined him 200.
A CHARGE of driving at 100mph was admitted by a Northern Irishman on Tuesday as he plead guilty via letter.
Richard Davidson (37) from County Tyrone was clocked at 100mph on the Dervaird Straight at Glenluce on November 15th.
Sheriff Tom Millar said the offence was too serious to be dealt with without Davidson present, and deffered sentence for him to appear on March 4th.
COMMITTING a breach of the peace landed a Minnigaff man in the cells over the weekend as he waited to face the sheriff on Monday.
John Christie (20) of Holmpark Crescent admitted conducting himself in a disorderly manner, challenging people to a fight and attempting to fight on Newton Stewart's Albert Street in the early hours of Saturday morning before being arrested.
Sentence was deferred for reports and Christie will appear again on March 11th.
A COUPLE who allegedly used a ladder to break a window and then threw shards of glass around have pleaded not guilty.
Julie Maginess (24) and Jamie McNeilie (28), both of Douglas Terrace, Newton Stewart appeared from custody on Monday afternoon charged with repeatedly kicking a door at the rear of 12A Dashwood Square, using a ladder to bang on the door and placing the residents in a state of fear and alarm.
They are then said to have smashed a pane of glass in the door with the ladder before throwing shards of the glass around.
Both denied the charges and will stand trial on April 9th.
A MAN has been accused of shouting abusive remarks to children on a Newton Stewart street.
David Nelson (43) of Benyellary, York Road in the town was arrested on Saturday evening after also allegedly stealing meat from the town's Co-Op store and making inappropriate comments to members of the public.
He will stand trial on April 9th.
A STRANRAER man has admitted resisting arrest following an incident outside a pub.
Twenty-six year old Patrick McDevitt, of Parklea Gardens, was arrested following the incident outside Bar Pazarello on George Street on February 10th.
He admitted resisting arrest and pushing an officer, but denied assaulting a man and committing a breach of the peace.
Sentence was deffered until March 11th for reports.
A MAN has appeared in private at Stranraer Sheriff Court charged with carrying an offensive weapon, theft and committing a breach of the peace.
Robert Campbell (20) whose address is given as Princes Street, Stranraer made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examinatin.
Campbell was remanded in custody.
A YOUNG driver appeared in court on Tuesday charged with road traffic offences which landed him in hospital.
Benjamin Thompson (17) of St John Street, Whithorn made no plea or declaration when he appeared in private and his case was continued for further examination.
He was granted bail.
Thompson also plead not guilty to a separate charge of dangerous driving, where it is alleged he drove between Creetown and Palnure on the A75 at speeds of 100mph on August 27th last year.
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