Court Files

Court Files from Stranraer Sheriff Court.

Fined on bail raps

A MAN who twice broke his bail conditions was fined a total of 325 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Simon Stewart (23), of 37 St John Street, Stranraer, admitted approaching Sarah Wilson and Marie Westran and kicking a car they were sitting in on March 18th.

The accused repeated the offence the following day by approaching and kicking a car that Ms Wilson, Ms Westran and Vicky Fleming were seated in the Charlotte Street in the town.

Careless overtake

CARELESS driving on the A75 led to a court appearance for a Stranraer man on Monday.

John Gilmour, (37), of 7 Laburnum Grove, Stranraer, admitted overtaking near the entrance to Carsluith Castle when it was not safe to do so on March 9th.

Solicitor Ian Milligan said the accused was hampered by the vehicle he was trying to overtake speeding up as well.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined him 360 and endorsed his licence with five penalty points.

Robber in dock

A Stranraer man who admitted stealing goods from a teenager at knifepoint had his sentence adjourned until July 14th at the sheriff court in Stranraer.

Alexander McIntyre, 22, described as a prisoner at Dumfries, stood in the dock to plead guilty to assaulting Matthew McCulloch by putting a knife to his throat and threatening him with violence and stealing his Apple i-pod, carry case and headphones in Mount Vernon Road on April 14th.

Drink-driver ban

A WOMAN who drove when twice over the legal drink-drive limit was disqualified from driving and fined 375 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Susanne Campbell (40), of Little Genoch Farm, Dunragit, admitted driving on the A75 at Castle Kennedy on February 1st with a reading of 212 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the legal limit being 80.

CLARIFICATION

WE have been asked to point out that Ryan Marshall, 34, of Dunroamin, Ivy Place, Newton Stewart, is not the same Ryan Marshall who was mentioned in a recent court report.

Driver hit fence

A KIRKCOWAN man who drove off after hitting and damaging a fence in the village was fined at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Stephen Lowrie, 48, of 29 Hamilton Crescent, pled guilty to losing control of his car and colliding with a fence at St Couan's Crescent, on January 22nd. He also admitted failing to stop to give details at the scene.

Fiscal Kenny Grieve said that at around 10pm residents in St Couan's Crescent heard a bang outside and on investigation recognised Lowrie's car.

Lawyer Paul Feeney said Lowrie was having difficulties handling his car in snow and ice at the time. Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined him 370 and endorsed his licence with four points.

Attack admitted

A WHITHORN man appeared from custody on Monday at the sheriff court in Stranraer to plead guilty to an assault charge.

Francis McCreadie (35), of 4 Glasserton Court, admitted assaulting Alan Kiltie on June 20th by punching his on the head to his injury at Flat 3C, Kings Road, Whithorn.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence for reports until July 14th.

Punched partner

AN assault on his partner let to a 175 fine for a Newton Stewart man at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week.

Allen Cuthbertson (27), of 23 Old Station View, appeared from custody on Monday to admit assaulting Sarah More by punching her on the head to her injury on June 20th at their home address.

Drug possession

A drug habit led to a 775 fine at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week for a 31-year-old Newton Stewart woman.

Isabella Fitzsimmonds, 8 St Couan's Place, admitted being in possession of the class A drug diamorphine at her home address on April 2nd and May 15th this year.

'Weapon' charge

A woman appeared on petition at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Jayne Russell, of 21 Dunhaven Guest House, Agnew Crescent, Stranraer, was facing a charge of allegedly carrying an offensive weapon.

She made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

Cleared after trial

AFTER a week-long trial, a man walked free from Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday after he was found not guilty of serious assault and had a not proven verdict returned on a second assault charge.

Paul McGeoch, (38), of 36, Coronation Drive had been accused of assaulting Colin Nish and Alexander Allison in the Commercial Inn, Agnew Crescent, Stranraer on July 12th last year.

A MAN who twice broke his bail conditions was fined a total of 325 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Simon Stewart (23), of 37 St John Street, Stranraer admitted approaching Sarah Wilson and Marie Westran and kicking a car they were sitting in on March 18th. The accused repeated the offence the following day by approaching and kicking a car that Ms Wilson, Ms Westran and Vicky Fleming were seated in the Charlotte Street in the town.

CARELESS driving on the A75 led to a court appearance for a Stranraer man on Monday.

John Gilmour, (37), of 7 Laburnum Grove, Stranraer, admitted overtaking near the entrance to Carsluith Castle when it was not safe to do so on March 9th.

In mitigation, the accused's solicitor Ian Milligan said that the accused was hampered by the vehicle he was attempting to overtake speeding up as well.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined him 360 and five penalty points.

A Stranraer man who admitted stealing goods from a teenager at knifepoint had his sentence adjourned until July 14th on Tuesday at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on Tuesday for reports.

Twenty-two-year-old Alexander McIntyre, a prisoner at Dumfries, stood in the dock to plead guilty to assaulting Matthew McCulloch by putting a knife to his throat and threatening him with violence and stealing his Apple i-pod, carry case and headphones in Mount Vernon road on April 14th.

A WOMAN who drove when twice over the drink drive limit was disqualified form driving and fined 375 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Susanne Campbell (40), of Little Genoch Farm, Dunragit, admitted driving on the A75 at Castle Kennedy on February 1st with a reading of 212 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the legal limit being 80.

A Castle Douglas man who drove a van at 90mph on the A75 when the limit for that type of vehicle was 50mph was fines 120 and had his licence endorsed with six points at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Andrew Roy, (47), of 54 High Street, pled guilty by letter to speeding near the junction with Wickham Place, Creetown, on March 12th this year.

Wife row man fined

A WIGTOWN man who "lost the plot" after finding his wife in a car with another man was fined 1,250 and banned from driving for a year at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Gordon Keith (55), of 4 Jubilee Terrace, pled guilty to driving recklessly on the track leading towards Penninghame Pond and on the A714, overtaking the car driven by Barbara Keith and braking harshly in front of it, causing her car to collide with the back of his, damaging both.

He also admitted shouting and swearing at his wife and uttering threats of violence towards Robert Nicholl, placing them both in a state of fear and alarm on May 16th.

The accused's solicitor Ian Milligan said this was "a sad state of affairs." He said his client had suspicions about the relationship and when he found them together that day he "lost the plot and went into a complete rage."

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told Keith he was lucky he hadn't involved someone else in a serious accident that day.

The sheriff also ordered Keith to resit an extended driving test.

Pair admit cafe raid

SENTENCE was deferred on two Whithorn men after they admitted robbing the cafe in the town.

Calvyn Alexander (22), 36 Isle Street, and James Jolly (20), of 10 Isle Street, pled guilty to breaking into the Central Cafe in George Street, between December 14th and 15th last year, and stealing a quantity of cigarettes, a till and 45.

Alexander also admitted a separate charge of jumping into the path of a car in St John Street, Whithorn, on February 15th, causing driver Irene Martin to take evasive action.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb ordered reports before sentencing on July 14th.

'Stab' claim trial

A man who previously admitted wasting police time by claiming he had been stabbed by his estranged partner in Newton Stewart has changed his plea.

Paul Nigel Betts (53), of 11 Church Farm Close, Skegness, is now pleading not guilty to falsely representing to police at 27 Old Station View, Newton Stewart, and at Dumfries Infirmary, that he had been stabbed by Elizabeth Betts on February 25th this year.

A trial date of September 28th was set.

300 assault fine

A case of mistaken identity ended with a 300 fine for a Newton Stewart man at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Monday.

Martin Jolly (58) of Calgow Farm, admitted assaulting Donald McDonald by butting him on the head to his injury at the rugby club in Bladnoch Park on February 7th.

Solicitor Paul Feeney said Jolly had been in an argument with Mr McDonald's brother earlier in the day.

After socialising and drinking for most of the afternoon, when Jolly was approached by Donald McDonald he mistook him for his brother and assaulted him.

Me Feeney added that there was no difficulties between the two parties and they were both quite happy to "put this matter behind them".

Driver 'careless'

A DRIVER was fined 300 and had his licence endorsed with six points at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday after admitting causing an accident.

James Sisi, 24, of Timaru, Church Street, Newton Stewart, driving without due carE and attention and at excessive speed, failing to keep a proper lookout and crossing a junction into the path of another car, causing a collision.

The incident took place at the junction of the B7005 Culquhirk to Bladnoch road and the B733 Wigtown to Kirkcowan road on April 4th this year.

The accused's solicitor, Monique Nicholson, said that her client had shown a "total lack of judgement" by attempting a U-turn manoeuvre.

Sentencing Sisi, Sheriff Kenneth Robb said he was concerned about the accused'S standard of driving as he had sat an extended driving test seven years ago, yet continued to "drive like this".

Drove off after damage

A KIRKCOWAN man who drove off after hitting and damaging a fence in the village was fined at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Forty-eight-year-old Stephen Lowrie, of 29 Hamilton Crescent, pled guilty to losing control of his car and colliding with a fence at St Couan's Crescent, on January 22nd. He also admitted failing to stop to give details at the scene.

Fiscal Kenny Grieve said that at around ten in the evening residents in St Couan's Crescent heard a bang outside and on investigation recognised Lowrie's car.

In mitigation, lawyer Paul Feeney said that the accused was having difficulties handling his car in snow and ice at the time.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined the accused a total of 370 and endorsed his licence with four points.

Warning issued

SENTENCE was deferred for eight months on a Newton Stewart man who repeatedly breached his community service order.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told 38-year-old Kevin Bradley, of 45C Princes Street, that it was "idiotic" not to attend for his CSO. He added he was giving him the chance to be of good behaviour, but, he warned, if he was unable to stay out of trouble he had "everything to lose."

A WHITHORN man appeared from custody on Monday at the Sheriff Court on Stranraer to plead guilty to an assault charge.

Francis McCreadie (35), of 4 Glasserton Court, admitted assaulting Alan Kiltie on June 20th by punching his on the head to his injury at Flat 3C, Kings Road, Whithorn.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence for reports until July 14th.

AN assault on his partner let to a 175 fine for a Newton Stewart man at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week.

Allen Cuthbertson (27), of 23 Old Station View, appeared from custody on Monday to admit assaulting Sarah More by punching her on the head to her injury on June 20th at their home address.

A habitual drug habit led to a 775 fine at Stranraer Sheriff Court this week for a 31-year-old Newton Stewart woman.

Isabella Fitzsimmonds, 8 St Couan's Place, admitted being in possession of the class A drug diamorphine at her home address on April 2nd and May 15th this year.

A twenty-seven-year-old woman appeared on petition at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Jayne Russell, of 21 Dunhaven Guest House, Agnew Crescent, was charged with carrying an offensive weapon. She made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

A TRIAL date of September 28th was set at the Sheriff court in Stranraer this week for a 51-year-old man who denies assault.

Bryan Callow, of Torwood Hotel, near Glenluce, pled not guilty to assaulting Paul Heyden at the hotel on November 8th last year.

AFTER a week long trial, a thirty-eight-year-old man walked away from Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday after he was found not guilty by a jury on one charge of serious assault and had a not proven verdict returned on a second assault charge.

Paul McGeoch, (38), of 36, Coronation Drive had been accused of assaulting Colin Nish and Alexander Allison in the Commercial Inn, Agnew Crescent, Stranraer on July 12th last year.

A MAN who twice broke his bail conditions was fined a total of 325 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Simon Stewart (23), of 37 St John Street, Stranraer admitted approaching Sarah Wilson and Marie Westran and kicking a car they were sitting in on March 18th. The accused repeated the offence the following day by approaching and kicking a car that Ms Wilson, Ms Westran and Vicky Fleming were seated in the Charlotte Street in the town.

CARELESS driving on the A75 led to a court appearance for a Stranraer man on Monday.

John Gilmour, (37), of 7 Laburnum Grove, Stranraer, admitted overtaking near the entrance to Carsluith Castle when it was not safe to do so on March 9th.

In mitigation, the accused's solicitor Ian Milligan said that the accused was hampered by the vehicle he was attempting to overtake speeding up as well.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb fined him 360 and five penalty points.

A Stranraer man who admitted stealing goods from a teenager at knifepoint had his sentence adjourned until July 14th on Tuesday at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on Tuesday for reports.

Twenty-two-year-old Alexander McIntyre, a prisoner at Dumfries, stood in the dock to plead guilty to assaulting Matthew McCulloch by putting a knife to his throat and threatening him with violence and stealing his Apple i-pod, carry case and headphones in Mount Vernon road on April 14th.

A WOMAN who drove when twice over the drink drive limit was disqualified form driving and fined 375 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Susanne Campbell (40), of Little Genoch Farm, Dunragit, admitted driving on the A75 at Castle Kennedy on February 1st with a reading of 212 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the legal limit being 80.

A Castle Douglas man who drove a van at 90mph on the A75 when the limit for that type of vehicle was 50mph was fines 120 and had his licence endorsed with six points at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Andrew Roy, (47), of 54 High Street, pled guilty by letter to speeding near the junction with Wickham Place, Creetown, on March 12th this year.