Stranraer Sheriff Court files

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A PORT William man was fined £450 and ordered to pay compensation of £50 after pleading guilty to appearing in an undressed fashion in the village in July last year.

Nineteen-year-old Chris Maguire, 7 Manx View, admitted committing the offence in Bowling Green Road and Manx View, repeatedly striking the door of a house in Manx View and damaging a garden light and committing a breach of the peace.

A woman who admitted claiming over £7,000 of benefits which she was not entitled to will return to Stranraer Sheriff Court for sentencing in May.

Thirty-nine-year old Catherine Longridge, 6 Boyach Terrace, Isle of Whithorn, appeared at the sheriff court on Monday to plead guilty to failing to tell the Department of Works and Pensions that her earnings from her employment at The Steam Packet Hotel were in excess of the limits allowed for claiming a carers allowance.

Deputy Procurator Fiscal Kay Christie told the court that the accused had been looking after her mother and claiming the c allowance. The matter came to the attention of the authorities after revenue and customs reported her to work and pensions.

A Stoneykirk man who assaulted a doctor and staff nurse at and threatened to kill himself was ordered to complete an 18 months community pay back order by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

William Robertson, 52, of Shangani, Stoneykirk, admitted assaulting and hindering Dr Chandrashekar and Jennifer Brown at his home and presenting a lock knife and a baton, uttering threats towards them and threatening to kill himself on March 6.

He was also ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work.

A FOUR year driving ban was handed out by Sheriff Kenneth Robb to a man who admitted driving dangerously when under the influence of alcohol last month.

Stephen Sharpe, 39, of Lochview Crescent, Stranraer, admitted driving on the A75 and various roads in Stranraer on March 5 at excessive speed, colliding with a cyclist, causing him to fall off his bike to his injury. Driving away from that incident, weaving across the carriageway overtaking a clipping the rear offside of another vehicle and narrowly missing a moped driver at a junction.

The accused also admitted failing to provide two specimens of breath for analysis at Stranraer Police Station the same day.

He was also fined £800 and ordered to sit and extended driving test.

SENTENCING will take place on April 26 on two brothers who admit assaulting another man in Stranraer in December.

David Carlisle and John Carlisle, led guilty to assaulting Ramsay Walker at 37A Queen Street, on December 30 when repeatedly punching him on the head and body to his injury.

ASSAULTING a woman ended in a prison term for a 25-year-old man who appeared for sentencing at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Michael McBain from Lancaster admitted assaultingg Samantha Lowrie at 29 Glebe Crescent, Newton Stewart, on October 15 last year, by striking her on the head and biting her arm. He also admitted threatening to harm himself with a knife.

Agent Ian Milligan said that alcohol had a part to play in the incident.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb jailed the accused for a total of three months.

AN eighteen-year-old driver who had only passed his test six months ago was banned from driving for a year and fined £670 at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday after admitting careless driving.

Daniel Murray, 19 St Ninian’s Crescent, Whithorn, admitted driving at excessive speed on the Baltersan Straight near Newton Stewart on December 1, overtaking four preceding vehicles into the face of oncoming traffic, including a police vehicle, causing the police driver to take evasive action.

A MEMBER of the travelling community was jailed for 13 months after assaulting a man who made a pass at him.

Lee Bannerman, 21, from Kilwinning, appeared for sentencing on Tuesday after admitting, whilst acting with others, assaulting Peter Clive in a caravan at Whitecairn Caravan Park, Glenluce, by repeatedly punching him on the head to his injury.

Fiscal Depute Kay Christie told the court that the accused and the complainer had been drinking in a pub in Glenluce that evening and had gone back to the caravan site with one of the witnesses. In the morning the owner became concerned about he complainer and, finding the door open to the caravan, went in to find him lying on his bed nursing a badly beaten up face.

When the police arrived the accused approached them and said “are you looking for me?”

The complainer had suffer a fractured eye socket and extensive facial bruising and swelling.

Defending, lawyer Paul Feeney said that Bannerman, who was working in the area at the time, had become upset after the complainer had tried to kiss him. Having rejected his advances, the complainer persisted and the accused had lost his temper and assaulted him.

Sentencing, Sheriff Robb said that Bannerman had used considerable force during the assault. He commented that the accused had stayed after saying no and then exercised his revulsion by attack a man in his sixties.

A PORT William man who admitted assault was given a community pay back order of 240 hours at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Kenneth Kiltie, 22, of Dourie Drive, pled guilty at a previous diet to assaulting Euan Wilson in George Street, Stranraer, on February 5 by head butting him.

Defending, agent Paul Feeney said that the accused had consumed too much alcohol that night.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told the accused to “grow up”.

A sustained assault on a man in a pub in Stranraer landed a 45-year-old man with a 27-month prison sentence at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week.

John McLean, a prison in Dumfries, admitted assaulting Alexander Allison in Chasers in North Strand Street on December 17 when striking him on the head to his injury, pulling him onto the floor and repeatedly kicking him on the body to his injury.