Stranraer Sheriff Court

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A FIFTY-year-old man accused of threatening another man with a knife appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday to plead not guilty to two charges.

Geoffrey Marsden, of Palgowan Farm Cottage, Newton Stewart, denies behaving in a threatening manner at South Cottage, Boreland Farm, Whauphill, on January 8 by shouting, swearing, making threats of violence and brandishing a knife towards Janet Matthew and Shaun Smith. He also pled not guilty to assaulting Shaun Smith the same day by grabbing him by the body and placing a knife near his head.

The case will be called again on June 6.

A £750 fine and nine penalty points were handed out to a street racer whose late night driving antics woke householders in a Machars Village.

Paul Lyons, aged 24, of 1 Glasserton Court, Whithorn, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday to admit revving his engine and driving at excessive speeds round the streets of Port William, driving without being accompanied by a qualified driver or with ‘L’ plates when only holding a provisional licence and driving without insurance on September 12, 2009.

Depute Procurator Fiscal Kay Christie said that witnesses walking home that night heard a car engine revving and then saw the car in question travelling towards them. The accused was identified as the driver. Lyons then drove “furiously” around the village before driving into the housing scheme.

Many people living there, who were woken by the noise of the car, took a note of the number plate and notified the police. Later that night officers traced the car and found the engine and the exhaust pipe were still warm to the touch.

Sentencing, Sheriff Kenenth Robb told the accused he would have to learn to be a responsible driver in future.

A Wigtown man who admitted assault will return to Stranraer Sheriff Court on June 21 for sentencing.

Garrie Kennedy, aged 35, of 15 Seaview, appeared at the court on Tuesday after pleading guilty to assaulting Zara Munro by grabbing her on the head at 64 Seaview on April 24.

He also admitted destroying property at the same address when kicking and smashing a television.

Sheriff Fiona Tait called for reports on the accused.

A LOCHANS man already serving a driving ban was disqualified again at the sheriff court in Stranraer this week after admitting driving dangerously through the streets of the town last month.

Twenty-two-year-old Thomas Macdonald, Ladytam Cottage, admitted driving dangerously and above the speed limit in McDowall Drive, Parklea Gardens, Glebe Street, Leswalt High Street, Sheuchan Street, Agnew Crescent, Market Street and Harbour Street on April 20, failing to stop when asked by police officers, weaving across the road, colliding with a kerb, colliding with a traffic island and finally, colliding with a wall damaging the wall and the vehicle he was driving.

Defending the accused, agent Paul Feeney said this was a “sorry situation” as Macdonald had been making efforts to turn his life around recently and keep to the terms of a probation order after a previous offence. Mr Feeney pointed out that the accused had passed the Breathalyser so he was not drunk at the time.

Sheriff Fiona Tait said that Macdonald had “spectacularly blown” the opportunity he had been given by the court and she was considering custody.

However, on this occasion she decided to revoke the probation order and replace it with a community pay back order for 18 months to include 160 hours of unpaid work and ban the accused from driving for a total of six years and ordered him to sit an extended driving test.

THREE men who got involved in a fracas in Whithorn were all fined at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer recently.

Kevin Lyons, aged 19, 101 George Street, Whithorn was fined £100 after admitting fighting with Paul Lyons in St John Street in the town on February 13.

Twenty-four-year-old Paul Lyons, 1 Glasserton Court, Whithorn was fined a total of £260 after pleading guilty to fighting with Kevin Lyons and resisting and struggling with two police officers in an attempt to evade arrest.

Reginald McShane, aged 44, of 9 St John’s Place, Sorbie, was also fined £100 after he repeatedly attempted to pull Paul Lyons away from the police officers.

A woman who used a stolen bank card to withdraw £900 from ATM in Stranraer will return to Stranraer Sheriff Court for sentencing on June 21.

Jean Hannah, aged 48, of Garrie Farm, Stranraer, appeared in the dock on Tuesday to admit stealing the card from an address in Stoneykirk Road, Stranraer, between February 14 and 15.

She then pled guilty to using the card to withdraw £300 from the ATM at Lloyds TSB in Castle Street on February 16 and again on February 17 and withdrawing the same amount from the RBS ATM in Bridge Street on February 18.

EARLIER this week a Stranraer man appeared in the dock at Stranraer Sheriff Court to deny dangerous driving.

Twenty-two-year old Neil McGuffie, 16 Hawthorne Way, Stranraer, pled not guilty to driving at grossly excessive speeds for the road type and layout past junctions and build up areas on the A718 Stranraer to Kirkcolm road near to Auchneil Farm and to a point near Millburn Court and on other roads in Stranraer on June 6 last year.

A trial date of June 27 was set.

A MAN accused of sending indecent text messages to a 12-year-old girl will go on trial at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on June 20.

Fifty-year-old Mark Priestly, from Halifax, denies sending the texts between June 13 and 14 last year at an address in Carsluith.

Sentence will be passed on a Newton Stewart man who admitted two counts of drugs possession when he makes a personal appearance at the court next month.

Thirty-six-year-old William Marr, 36-38 Queen Street, admitted having valium in Newton Stewart police station and heroin at Stranraer police station on February 4 this year.

A trial date of June 20 was arranged for a 25-year-old woman accused of theft.

Marie Westran, 66 McDowall Drive, Stranraer, appeared at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on Monday to plead not guilty to stealing a laptop computer from an address in McDowall Drive on March 3.

A NEWTON Stewart man was fined and ordered to pay for damages after being reported to the police for singing sectarian songs after Scottish football’s recent title decider.

Daniel Flemming was reported to officers by passers-by after they witnessed him singing songs and shouting sectarian obscenities in Victoria Street, Newton Stewart on May 16th.

The accused appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court the following day where he also admitted breaking the cover of a light at the town’s police station.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined Flemming £100 plus £60 damages and ordered him to complete a community service order of 70 hours.