Stranraer Sheriff Court

A PRISON sentence of 80 days was handed out to Stranraer man after an assault last month brought him back in front of the Sheriff.

Daniel McEnroe, aged 21, returned for sentencing after appearing from custody on June 27 after pleading guilty to punching Callum Dunn on the face in High Street, Stranraer, on June 25. He also admitted breach of the peace when shouting, swearing and struggling with police officers.

The court heard that the accused had been out socialising with his girlfriend who was pregnant. They had argument and the complainer then became involved. McEnroe’s girlfriend then complained that Mr Dunn had been rude to her, the accused lost his temper when he heard this and punched him. He admitted he had been drinking that night.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told the accused he had previously been given he chance to pay his debt to society through community service orders and fines but as he had not complied with either the only option left was a custodial sentence.

A teenager described as his “own worst enemy” by a Sheriff was given one more chance to change his attitude to authority at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Raymond Gavin, aged 16, of 40 Antrim Avenue, Stranraer, was ordered to complete a two-year community pay back order including 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting shouting, swearing and knocking over a wheelie bin in Lewis Street, breaking the wing mirror off a car parked in Thorney Way and smashing the rear windscreen of a car parked in Galloway Avenue, all in Stranraer, on May 5.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told the accused that he noted he was not keen to comply with social workers in the past, but if he did engage he would be the one who benefited in the long run.

A Newton Stewart man who admitted two charges of drugs possession was put on a community pay back order at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week.

Thirty-six-year-old William Marr, of Queen Street, admitted having valium and heroin at Newton Stewart Police Station and elsewhere on February 4.

Marr’s solicitor commented that this was just “the tip of the iceberg”.

The CPBO will include the accused completing 40 hours of unpaid work.

A backlog of offences landed a 21-year-old Stranraer man with a combined prison sentence of 13 months 20 days at Stranraer Sheriff Court.

Dean Murdoch, 52 Lochview Guest House, Agnew Crescent, admitted assaulting a child by spitting at him in Castle Green on March 26 and throwing a brick through a window at John Simpson Drive on May 1.

The accused also pled guilty to breaching his community service order for a previous assault on a child and breaching a probation order imposed after a previous assault on an adult.

A Newton Stewart couple who admitted braking into a house in the town and stealing a variety if items appeared for sentencing at the sheriff court in Stranraer.

Brian Rennie, aged 30, and Karen Turner, aged 25, of 5 Ghyll Crescent, admitted be=raking into a property in Victoria Street on April 27 and stealing an X-Box controller, a quantity of X-Box games, a quantity of DVD’s and CD’s and some toiletries.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb put Rennie on a drug treatment and testing order and deferred sentence on Turner to allow for her to undertake a assessment for alcohol treatment.

A MINNIGAFF man was found guilty of harassing his daughter and her friends after a trial at Stranraer Sheriff Court last Wednesday.

Colin Skilling, 41, of 2A McGregor Drive was fined £250 after he was charged with taking hold of his daughter by the arm, refusing to let go, struggling with her, driving after her and others at speed in an attempt to speak to them and attempting to strike Brian Smith, knocking his glasses off his face on March 3. The offences took place in Queen Street, Goods Lane and Riverside Road, all in Newton Stewart.

A Stranraer man who took his pal’s car for a spin round Stranraer was banned from driving for 18 months after he was found to be over the drink drive limit.

David Garrett, aged 22, of 36 George Street, appeared from custody last week at Stranraer Sheriff Court to plead guilty to driving with 74 micrgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35 on July 16.

Fiscal Depute Lyndsay Hunter said that the accused had been coming out of the Bar Pazzarello in the early hours of Saturday morning when he began a conversation with the occupants of a car in the street. This was all “good natured fun”, said the fiscal. Garrett then got into the car and drove away. But police on patrol noticed the car lights were not working and stopped the accused.

Defending, agent Paul Feeney said that this had been “stupidity” on the part of Garrett who had simply wanted to drive his friend’s car “round the block”.

As well as the driving ban the accused was ordered to complete a community payback order of 80 hours unpaid work.

A teenager who drunkenly knocked over his girlfriend twice in full view of police officers was fined £100 at the sheriff court in Stranraer.

Eighteen-year-old Jonathon Hill, 13 Belmont Crescent, Stranraer admitted assaulting Amanda Phillips in North Strand Street last Sunday by repeatedly pushing her to the ground.