Stranraer Sheriff Court

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CORRECTION

IN last week’s Galloway Gazette Court Files we mistakenly printed that Catherine Watkins address was 10 McGregor Drive, Minnigaff, instead of 19 McGregor Drive. We apologise for any confusion.

A Stranraer man was fined £700 and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday after admitting speeding on the A718 and in the town of Stranraer in June last year.

Neil McGuffie, 22, of 16 Hawthorne Way, admitted driving without due care and attention and at excessive speed for the road types and layout, past junctions and in built up areas.

Depute Procurator Fiscal Lyndsay Hunter told the court that the police had been engaged in carrying out a speed check on the boundaries of Stranraer in the early hours of the morning when they became aware of a vehicle travelling quite quickly. After the accused had passed the location of the check the police gave chase but McGuffie’s car continued to be driven at speed. Although traffic was light there were people out and about in the street of the town at that time coming out of places where they had been socialising. The police finally caught up with the accused and gave him a warning to which he replied “I’m sorry”.

Defending, agent Michael Kilkerr said that his client’s driving had fallen below acceptable standards.

DRIVING at 62mph in a 30mph area landed a 39-year-old man with a fine of £800 and five penalty points on his licence after he admitted his guilt at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Roger McColm, 12 Sheuchan Street, Stranraer, appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to breaking the speed limit on the A77 near to Lairdshill, Cairnryan, on January 6.

In mitigation, the accused’s solicitor Kenny Paterson told the court that stretch of road had previously been outside the boundaries of the 30mph limit and he had forgotten.

Sentencing Sheriff Fiona Tait told the accused that he must have been aware of the changes in speed limit as he was working nearby each day. She resisted banning McColm from driving because he needed his licence to continue working, but she said the level of the fine imposed had to reflect the gravity of the offence.

A MAN appeared at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Monday to deny deliberately trapping his wife in her home last month.

Forty-year-old Hasan Celik, 5 Hampton Court, Agnew Crescent, Stranraer, appeared in the dock on Monday to deny behaving in an abusive manner when shouting, swearing and referring to his wife in derogatory terms and trapping her in the lounge at 19 McDowall Drive on June 2 by tying the door handles together with electrical cable.

The case will be called again next month.

A MAN who denied five charges will appear again at Stranraer Court next Wednesday.

Kevin Rice, aged 23, 13 Murrayfield Avenue, Stranraer, has pled not guilty to shouting and swearing at Margaret Hainey, assaulting her by striking her on the face and body to her injury; assaulting Shanie Muir by striking her on the head; assaulting Robert Wilson by struggling with him, punching him on the head, causing him to fall to the ground and then bite him on the ear, all to his severe injury and finally, shouting and swearing at police officers and threatening one officer with violence. All the alleged offences took place in North Strand Street on September 4 last year.

SHERIFF Fiona Tait sentenced a 28-year-old to eight months in prison after he admitted theft and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Robert Garrett admitted stealing £200 from Nikki Garrett at 19 Caledonia Court, Stranraer, on March 24 and, in Fisher Street Car Parking area running away from police officers and the woman he had just robbed and throwing the money away in an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Fiscal Depute Lyndsay Hunter said that accused had been an associate of the complainer and her partner and had visited that address from time to time. He had followed the complainer into the kitchen where she kept her purse and taken the money.

The police were then called. The accused’s agent said he had been battling a “significant drug problem” for a number of years.

A TRIAL date of August 22 was set at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday for two men who deny assault.

Stephen Knox, aged 25, of 23 Darnia Avenue, Stranraer and Liam Rae, aged 18, Burn Cottage, Auchenmalg, Glenluce, appeared in the dock to plead not guilty to assaulting Paul Brown in North Strand Street on October 23 last year.

Knox also denied behaving in a threatening manner in the custody area of Stranraer Police Station by shouting and swearing and making threats of violence towards police officers, breaking his bail conditions and trying to pervert the course of justice by running away from police officers in Belmont Road on April 9.

A DRUG addict from Minnigaff who committed two offences on Boxing Day was put on probation for 18 months by Sheriff Fiona Tait at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Twenty-seven-year old Ian Hepburn, 10 Bruce Place, admitted taking a car from 33 Masonfield Drive, Minnigaff, without the owners consent and also breaking into the Forestry Commission offices in Minnigaff the same night and stealing a computer tower.

Fiscal Depute Lyndsay Hunter said that the accused had caused £500 of damage when breaking a window at the offices and the equipment he stole was worth £540.

Defending, agent Ian Milligan told the court that his client had been battling substance abuse and he had achieved nothing from his crime spree that night. Mr Milligan was at a loss to explain any reason for taking the computer tower as the accused had no use for it and had just dumped it in a dustbin. The solicitor added that Hepburn had admitted he had let both himself down and other people.

The Sheriff told the accused that he would have to attend a construct programme and complete 160 hours of unpaid work as part of his probation.

Having a knife in a public place landed at Glenluce man with a 14 month prison sentence at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Christopher McLean, 24, 42 Main Street, admitted having the knife with him at Tesco’s supermarket, Charlotte Street, Stranraer and also at the police station in the town on May 31.

The accused also pled guilty to stealing an X-Box console from an address in Stranraer on April 13.

Defending, solicitor Gavin Orr said that McLean had simply forgotten he had the knife in his pocket that day. Sheriff Fiona Tait sentenced the accused to 14 months for the knife offence and two months for the theft, both sentences to run consecutively.

A STRANRAER drug addict to agreed to deliver drugs to cover his own drugs debt was imprisoned for 16 months by Sheriff Fiona Tait at Stranraer Court on Tuesday.

Twenty-seven-year-old David Forsyth, 19 Caledonia Court, admitted being concerned in the supply of heroin in Coronation Drive on April 20.

Fiscal Depute Lyndsay Hunter said that police on patrol in the locus that day had noticed the accused acting “nervously” and then throwing a package under a nearby parked car. When the bag was recovered by officers it contained drugs to the value of £1,060.

Solicitor Jocelyn Aitken said that the accused had become addicted to heroin and had run up debt of £2,000 but pressure was now being put on him and his partner to clear these debts and they had even been threatened with violence. He was told that if he “carried a package” £200 would be written off but he was caught in the act.

A MAN who appeared from custody at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on Monday will go on trial on August 29.

Harold McLean, aged 30, of 108 Belmont Road, Stranraer, plead not guilty to behaving an a threatening manner, shouting, swearing and referring to another in derogatory terms in Cairnview Crescent on June 25.

STEALING the ceramic house numbers off the property of his former girlfriend landed at 47-year-old man in custody this week.

Stuart Marshall, 17 Millbank Road, Stranraer, admitted taking the numbers from a property in Corsewall Crescent on June 14.

Fiscal depute said that the accused and the complainer had been in a relationship that had ended but Marshall was having trouble accepting this.

The case will be called again on August 2.