Found guilty of false stabbing claim

A FIFTY-four-year old man was found guilty after a trial at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week of wasting police time by falsely claiming his estranged wife had stabbed him.

Paul Nigel Betts, from Skegness, had previously pled not guilty to representing to police officers at 27 Old Station View, Newton Stewart, and at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary that he had been stabbed by Elizabeth Betts at Old Station View on February 25, 2009. Knowing that these charges were false, Betts then allowed police to devote their time to investigating what they suspected was an assault.

Betts will be sentenced on March 16 after Sheriff Kenneth Robb called for reports on the accused.

A NEWTON Stewart teenager appeared at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Monday to admit two charges of threatening behaviour in the town last Friday.

Douglas Marr, 18, from Glebe Crescent, admitted shouting, swearing and threatening David Marr at 5 Arthur Street and head butting a wall and the charge bar at Newton Stewart Police Station the same night.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence until March 15 for reports.

A LOCHANS man who admitted driving dangerously when four times over the drink drive limit will return to the court in Stranraer for sentencing on March 15.

Colin Wilson, (24), 2 Mount Terrace, appeared from custody on Monday to admit driving on the A77 at the Stranraer town limits with 154 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35 last Sunday. He also pled guilty to driving without lights during the hours of darkness and failing to keep control of his car when encroaching onto the opposite lane causing oncoming traffic to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Wilson was also disqualified from driving until he is sentenced.

A TRIAL date of March 28 was arranged for a Stranraer man who denies drink driving.

Twenty-two-year-old Andrew Lochery, 2 Hillside Drive, Stranraer, appeared from custody at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Monday to deny driving in Church Street and King Street last Friday with 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35, driving in an erratic manner and serving around pedestrians in the roadway.

He also pled not guilty to driving without an MOT certificate and insurance. A warrant to seize the accused vehicle was also granted.

A MAN who threatened to punch a nurse at the Galloway Community Hospital on Saturday night appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Thirty-one-year old Martin Spears, 18 Cairnview Crescent, Stranraer, admitted behaving in a threatening manner towards hospital staff last Saturday night in the accident and emergency department; shouting, swearing and demanding to see a doctor, threatening to assault a charge nurse, lighting a cigarette and then indicating he would damage furniture with it.

The accused also admitted previous charges of pulling a wing mirror off a car in the car parking area of the Waverley Medical Centre, Dalrymple Street, on January 14 and acting in an intimidating manner and threatening to damage property within the medical centre on January 17.

Spears will return for sentencing on March 15.