Stranraer Sheriff Court

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NINE people from Newton Stewart, Minnigaff and Ringford appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court last Wednesday to deny singing songs and chanting slogans of a sectarian nature in Victoria Street, Newton Stewart, in April.

Simon Johnston, aged 19, 8 Queenshill Park, Ringford; Richard Lowrie, aged 19, 37 Victoria Street, Newton Stewart; Gina McClure, aged 29, 33 Mansefield Place, Newton Stewart; Gordon McClymont, aged 19, 1 Heron Way, Minnigaff; Shelley McKnight, aged 23, 9 Mansefield Place, Newton Stewart; Douglas McLaren, aged 18, 1 Alfred Place, Newton Stewart; Fiona Rudd, aged 19, 23 Princes Street, Newton Stewart; James Scott, aged 18, The Gables, Creebridge and Graham Thom, aged 18, 69 Glebe Crescent, Newton Stewart, all deny conducting themselves in a disorderly manner, shouting, swearing and making derogatory remarks and failing to stop when warned to do so; singing songs and reciting chants or slogans of a sectarian or religiously prejudice nature and committing breach of the peace in Victoria Street on April 24.

The ten accused will stand trial in Stranraer Court on September 28.

A STRANRAER man who crashed his car into a wall after he had been drinking tried to avoid the consequences by telling police his damaged car had been hit by another vehicle.

Forty-seven-year old Francis McKeand, 5 Glenorchard, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday to admit driving dangerously at the junction between Mount Vernon Road and Fairhurst Road on October 28, 2010, driving after drinking alcohol, losing control of the car, driving onto a pavement and colliding with a wall damaging the car and the wall. He also admitted failing to give his name and address at the scene of an accident. At 12 Academy Street the same day, the accused had reported to police officers that his car had been struck by another vehicle resulting in extensive damage to the nearside of the car in an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Depute Procurator Fiscal Kay Christie told the court that McKeand had contacted the police to report that someone had driven into his car. The arrived and inspected the vehicle. But they became suspicious about the accused’s version of events after they noticed brick dust on the car. They later went to the scene of the accident after the damaged wall had been reported and soon worked out that this was the accident the accused had been involved in. He then admitted that he had been driving after drinking alcohol.

Agent Ken Paterson said that McKeand had made up the story after he “panicked”.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined the accused a total of £900 and banned him from driving for a year.

A DRUNK man who gesticulated with his private parts to passers-by in a Stranraer street was fined £180 at the town’s sheriff court on Monday.

William Nixon, aged 26, formerly of Stranraer but now living in Glasgow admitted behaving in a threatening manner in Lewis Street on January 3, by exposing his private parts.

Fiscal Kay Christie told the court that the accused’s antics had been picked up by a CCTV camera.

Defending, agent Paul Feeney said the incident was just drunken behaviour and there was no sexual element to it.

A thirty-six year old man was found not guilty of assault after a trial last week at Stranraer Sheriff Court. Barry Keenan from Stirling had been charges with allegedly assaulting Rachel Jolly in Main Street, Isle of Whithorn on August 16 last year.

A STRANRAER woman who denied supplying heroin will stand trial on June 29.

Corrina Enderwitz, aged 40, 13 Burnbrae, Stranraer, appeared at the town’s sheriff court to plead not guilty to supplying the class A drug to another or others at her home between December 18 and 21, 2009.

STEALING a saw landed a 28-year-old man with a supervised attendance order of 100 hours at Stranraer Court on Monday.

James Marshall, 15 Glenwell Avenue, pled guilty to taking the £200 stihl saw from a works van in Belmont Road, Stranraer, between July 1 and 22, 2010.

Depute Fiscal Kay Christie said that there were road repairs going in at the time in that area and the accused had taken the saw from a van. When talking to police on a separate matter he had confessed and the saw was later recovered.

Marshall’s solicitor Paul Feeney said his client was dealing with “drug problems”.

A STRANRAER man will stand trial on July 7 after denying assaulting and detaining his wife against her will.

Fifty-six-year old James Ryder, 7 Royal Crescent, appeared at the sheriff court in the town on Monday to maintain his not guilty plea to assaulting Linda Ryder by seizing her by the body and pushing her, abducting her, blocking her path, locking a door, preventing her from leaving the house and detaining her against her will.

A TRIAL date of June 29 was arranged at the sheriff court on Monday for a Wigtown man who denies assaulting a woman.

Ryan Marshall, aged 20, of 1 Kirkland Terrace, appeared in the dock at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Monday to plead not guilty to seizing Kerri McColm by the throat at the Bar Pazzarello in Stranraer’s George Street on February 20.

TWO men were jailed by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Court on Tuesday after what the sheriff describes as “a totally unprovoked attack” on another man.

Jordan McGuire, of no fixes abode and Christopher Taylor, a prisoner in Dumfries, both aged 22, admitted assaulting Michael Scott at 30 Princes Street, Stranraer, on February 15 by repeatedly punching and kicking him on the head and body to his injury.

Agents defending both accused said that alcohol had played a significant part in the attack.

A STIRLINGSHIRE man will go on trial at the sheriff court in Stranraer in October after he appeared from custody on Monday.

Robert Lamont, aged 24, from Bannockburn, denies assaulting Natasha Hornby last Saturday at St Ninian’s Avenue, Stranraer by seizing her arm and neck and repeatedly punching her on the face and head to her injury.

The accused pled guilty to a second charge of punching a television, smashing the screen, pulling pictures from the walls, ripping up photographs and slashing a leather sofa with a knife.