Kirkcudbright Seriff Court Files

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Friday, 22nd January 2010, 8:35 am

THE case of a man accused of taking indecent photos, owning a laptop after being forbidden to and obstructing police has been adjourned.

David Graham, 47, a prisoner at Dumfries is accused of taking the photos at Lochryan Street, Stranraer, last summer.

He is also accused of owning a laptop containing such images after he was ordered by an English court not to be in possession of any digital recording or storage equipment.

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He will appear at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court on February 18.

A WICKERMAN festival fan caught inpossession of cocaine with a street value of 1200 escaped a jail term yesterday.

Ali Bouisri, 30, from Preston was stopped on July 23 as part of random vehicle checks for the Wickerman Festival site at Dundrennan.

A sniffer dog revealed there were drugs nearby and after a search of the car, a white packet was found in the glove box.

Analysis confirmed it to be cocaine.

Fiscal depute Bob Morrison told Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court: "Mr Bouisri told officers from the start that he had intended to sell the drugs to the friends that were with him. He paid 450 for it and was hoping to recoup that from sales to these people."

He added that there was no indication one way or the other that the accused intended to sell to anyone else.

Bouisri's lawyer said his client, a father of two, had a history of drug addiction but has been clean since this incident.

Sheriff Livingston said this looked more like cash outlay than profit-making and that although the crime warranted a jail term, he was prepared to sentence him to 240 hours community service but gave him a stark warning that if he slips up again, he will face jail.

A CASTLE Douglas man has lost his licence after being caught over the limit - the morning after having a few drinks.

Gordon Mundie, 44, of Square Point, admitted the offence detected on January 15.

Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court heard how Mundie had been stopped by officers and when they smelled alcohol on his breath, he was found to be "minimally" over the limit.

His lawyer said he had been drinking wine after dinner but stopped before midnight.

Sheriff Livingston said: "It must have been a fair amount of wine to have still been in his system the next day."

It was suggested by Mundie's lawyer that he may have a slow metabolism.

Mundie was fined 300 and banned from driving for 12 months but allowed to sit a drink driver rehabilitation course which could cut his sentence to nine months.