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A TRIAL date of May 4 was set for a teenager who is alleged to have injured an eight-year-old child when riding a quad bike.

Craig Coupland, 17, 14 Springwell Road, Stranraer, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday to plead not guilty to driving the bike in Gallowhills Road at excessive speed towards the child and then collide with him to his injury on July 29 last year.

Coupland is also accused of driving the bike while carrying a passenger in breach of regulations, driving without insurance or an MOT certificate or the appropriate licence.

A STRANRAER teenager who admits head butting a police officer on New Year’s Day will return to the court in Stranraer for sentencing on May 23 after Sheriff Kenneth Robb called for reports on the accused.

Sixteen-year-old Kerr Clive, 60 Mount Vernon Road, admitted assaulting the officer at Bar Pazzerello in George Street on January 1 by head butting her on the nose. He also pled guilty to shouting, swearing and committing a breach of the peace the same day.

Procurator Fiscal depute Kay Christie told the court that police officers were called to a disturbance at the popular bar at around five to one in the morning on New Year’s Day. When they arrived the staff were trying escort the accused off the premises and one of the officer went to help them. The accused then verbally abused her before head butting her on the nose.

A STRANRAER man who admitted supplying drugs to his friends was ordered to do 300 hours of community service by Sheriff Foran at the court on Tuesday.

David McCulloch, 25, of 7 Southgate Road, admitted being concerned with supplying cannabis resin in Dalrymple Street, Stranraer, between August 1, 2009 and April 2, 2010.

The accused had been stopped when driving around in Stranraer with friends and a search was carried out on his car after £1,370 was found in a wallet. The accused told officers the money was to buy a motorbike but the search uncovered the drugs.

Defending, solicitor Murray Robertson said that McCulloch knew he was facing a very serious matter but said, in mitigation, that McCulloch was simply the source of the drug for a group of friends he had known for a long time and this was not a commercial venture.

A THIRTY-nine-year old woman was put on a drug treatment and testing order for 18 months at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday after admitting two charges.

Sharon McCormack, 3 Barns Court, Newton Stewart, returned for sentencing after admitting being concerned in the supply of heroin on the A714 near Newton Stewart on September 10. She also admitted stealing three bottles of vodka from Aldi’s in Newton Stewart on September 13 and breaching her bail conditions.

A WHITHORN man who admitted assaulting another man with a hammer will return for sentencing at the sheriff court in Stranraer next month.

David Martin, 20, of Jakmar, Ketburn Place, appeared at the court on Tuesday to plead guilty to assaulting Josh Flannighan by repeatedly striking him with a hammer at Forteviot Gardens, Garlieston on September 9 last year. The accused also admitted being in possession of the hammer.

The case will be called again on May 10.