Stranraer Sheriff Court

A SORBIE man appeared on petition at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday accused of seven offences, including six involving breaching the Firearms Act.

Stephen Barry Sutton, aged 57, made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody. The case was continued for further examination and the accused is expected to appear again at Stranraer Court on November 29.

A STRANRAER man who kicked dog so badly it had to be put down was jailed by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at the court in Stranraer on Monday.

Alan Marshall, aged 21, of 23 Murrayfield Avenue, appeared from custody to plead guilty to causing the dog unnecessary suffering by repeatedly kicking it in McDowall Drive, Stranraer, on October 12.

Procurator Fiscal Depute Paula Forbes told the court that events unfolded when two dogs began fighting at the King George VI Playing Fields in the town. The dogs were eventually separated and as one of the dogs was bleeding the accused was asked by the owner to take it to the vets. He was seen leaving with it on a lead, but further along the road witnesses saw him suddenly yank on the lead and kick the dog so hard it was left lying unconscious on the pavement. The horrified onlookers flagged down a passing police car and officers then saw Marshall pick the dog up of the ground by the lead and kick it again. He was detained by the police and a vet was called to attend to the dog, but it was so badly injured the vet put the dog to sleep. The fiscal commented that the accused was not a fit person to be around animals.

Marshall’s solicitor Matthew Brown told the court that the two dogs in question belonged to the accused’s sister. That day, one of the dogs had bitten her child. After the dogs were separated from fighting, Marshall’s sister was “very emotional” and asked her brother to take one of the dogs to the vets. When that dog then snapped at him he lost his temper and attacked the dog.

In mitigation, the lawyer explained that tempers were running “very high” at the time. He added that Marshall had owned dogs previously and there had never been any problems.

Sheriff Robb told the accused that even if the dog had been causing problems his behaviour towards it was “wholly unwarranted”. He sent Marshall to prison for three months and banned him from owning or keeping an animal for a period of three years.

Marshall will serve a further seven months sentence for possession of drugs.

A Minnigaff man who sent lewd texts to an underage girl was placed on the sex offenders’ register for three years, put on probation for the same length of time and ordered to do £180 hours of unpaid work after the appeared for sentencing at Stranraer Court on Tuesday.

Thirty-five-year-old Derek Stocks, of 8 Stewart of Garlies Road, admitted sent the texts to a girl under the age of 16 between August 1 and October 1, 2009.

A Newton Stewart man will go on trial in April next year after pleading not guilty to three charges at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Simon Dick, 9 Riverbank, denies causing a breach of the peace in Arthur Street, Victoria Street and Riverside Road, Newton Stewart on August 13 by kicking parked cars and punching windows. He also pled not guilty to ripping and advertisement sign from a front door and breaking the windscreen of a van.

A Newton Stewart man who denies assaulting a man in Wigtown will go on trial on April 4 next year.

Scott Allan, aged 24, of 2 Princes Road, has pled not guilty to assaulting Steven Wise on two occasions at South Main Street earlier this year by allegedly punching him on the head and body to his injury.

After deferring sentence until December, a sheriff warned a troublemaker that he may yet face a prison term for his behaviour.

Twenty-three-year-old Kevin Knox, Flat 1, 5 Hamilton Court, Stranraer, appeared from custody on Monday at the Sheriff court in Stranraer to admit shouting and swearing, and resisting arrest by struggling with police officers in the town’s George Street on November 19.

Fiscal depute Paula Forbes told the court that the accused had been sitting on the window sill of the town’s museum when police approached him. He shouted abuse at then struggled violently with them before being arrested.

Defending, agent Margo Nichol said that Knox had been drinking a considerable amount of alcohol. This was a scenario which usually ended with the accused finding himself on the “wrong side of the law”.

Knox will return to the court for sentencing on December 20 after Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence for reports on the accused.

BEING found in possession of cocaine landed a Stranraer woman with a community pay back order of 80 hours unpaid work at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Nikki Garrett, aged 20, of 19 Caledonian Court, being in possession of the drug at her home on April 4.

Failing to turn up at the court after being called as a witness landed a Stranraer woman with a £50 fine at the same court on Monday.

Jamie Lee Rose, aged 33, of Cairnview Crescent, admitted not turning up as requested at Stranraer Sheriff Court on June 29 this year.

A young woman who was found with a bottle of cider in a public place appeared for custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Alana Walker of John Simpson Drive in the town admitted having the booze wither in George Street last Saturday, in contravention of a local by law that bans the consumption of alcohol in the street’s of the town. The accused also pled guilty to struggling violently with four police officers, assaulting two of the officers by kicking them and assaulting a female officer by grabbing her and digging her nails in to her body.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence until December 20 for reports to be compiled.

A man alleged to have assaulted another man with a fishing rod appeared at Stranraer sheriff Court on Tuesday to deny the charges.

Stewart Drysdale, aged 43, 106 Mount Vernon Road, Stranraer, pled not guilty to assaulting Matthew McLean by striking him on the head with a fishing rod at Mount Vernon Road on July 24.

A trail date of April 2, 2012 was set.