Man smashed van window

A FORMER Minnigaff man has been ordered to undertake 100 hours of community service following an outburst of rage which left a van window smashed. Simon Dick, 22, who now lives on St Catherine Street, Dumfries, admitted a breach of the peace and causing damage to property on August 13.

The court heard that at around 1.30am, an officer doing paperwork at Newton Stewart Police Station heard a thumping on the front door. When he investigated, he saw Dick walking away so asked if he needed assistance.

Dick refused and walked away but the officer, suspecting he was on some sort of substance, monitored him on CCTV before beginning a patrol in a police vehicle. They saw Dick on Riverside Road beside a van with a sign in his hand which has been removed from the door of a nearby carpet outlet.

A crack was also spotted in the window of a van parked outside the store. Dick was arrested and taken to hospital due to the incoherent nature of his response to officers, repeatedly changing from crying to laughing. The cost of the sign was £15 and the window £50.

Lawyer Paul Feeney said Dick was now living with his girlfriend in Dumfries.

Sheriff Alastair Brown told Dick his behaviour was “nuisance conduct” but that didn’t mean it wasn’t serious.