Stranraer Sheriff Court

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A MAN who was found guilty last month, after a trial, of wasting police time by claiming that his estranged wife had stabbed him, returned to the court in Stranraer for sentencing on Wednesday.

Paul Nigel Betts, from Skegness, falsely told police officers that he had been stabbed by Elizabeth Betts at Old Station View, Newton Stewart, on February 25, 2009.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb deferred sentence for a year until March 13, 2012, to see if Betts could be of good behaviour.

A NEWTON Stewart man who shouted abuse at police officers and resisted arrest was given a community pay back order of 180 hours by Sheriff RS Vaughan on Tuesday at Stranraer Sheriff Court.

Thirty-seven-year old John O’Neill, Hillview Terrace, York Road, returned for sentencing after pleading guilty to shouting, swearing and challenging police officers to a fight and struggling violently with them at his home address on March 2 last year.

A DRUG addict who broke into his mother shop looking for money was jailed for four months by Sheriff JS Vaughan at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Alan Watson, 25, of Windsor Terrace, Academy Street, Stranraer, admitted breaking into The Gift Shop, 22 Castle Street, Stranraer, with intent to steal on December 23 last year.

Defending, agent Paul Feeney told the court that the accused had long term difficulties with drugs and relied on his mother for support, including financial help, but she restricted the amount of money she gave him at the one time in the hope of controlling his addiction. That night he had been out with friends and found himself short of funds. He broke into the shop looking for cash but the noise he made alerted neighbour who called the police.

The accused had since repaired his relationship with his mother, said the solicitor.

A NEWTON Stewart man who admitted throwing food around his home after a fall out with is father was placed on a community pay back order for 12 months at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Twenty-one-year old Shaun McHarg, 10 Mansefield Place, admitted behaving in a threatening manner, throwing a plate of food, threatening violence and challenging other to a fight at his home on February 12.

Procurator Fiscal Deputy Joe Macpherson told the court that there had been a family occasion during which the accused had drunk large quantities of lager and vodka. Tempers had they frayed and McHarg got into an argument with his father.

Agent Paul Feeney said that the accused had been drinking more than was good for him.

Sentencing, Sheriff JS Vaughan make it a condition of the community order that McHarg attend classes on alcohol awareness.

A STRANRAER man was put on probation by Sheriff JS Vaughan at Stranraer Court this week after wrecking his home during a temper tantrum.

Martin Spears, 31, of 18 Cairnview Crescent, admitted punching holes in the walls and interior doors, destroying kitchen units, breaking the smoke alarm and damaging an electric fire between October last year and February 25.

Fiscal depute Joe Macpherson said that when the police arrived at the accused’s house it was easier to see what wasn’t damaged. Social landlords DGHP estimated the cost of repairing the rented property was in the region of £2,000.

The accused also pled guilty to damaging the wing mirror of a car outside the Waverley Medical Centre in Stranraer after a doctor there had refused him medication and behaving in an intimidating manner in the reception area of the centre in January. He also admitted demanding to see a doctor and to threatening to assault a charge nurse at the Galloway Community Hospital on February 19. Sentence was deferred on these charges by Sheriff JS Vaughan until July for reports on the accused.

DRIVING when four times over the drink drive limit led to a three-year driving ban for a Lochans man at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Twenty-four-year old Colin Wilson admitted driving dangerously on the A77, failing to keep control of his car and driving in the opposite lane causing oncoming traffic to take evasive action to avoid a collision. He also admitted driving with 154 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 microgrammes of alcohol - the limit being 35.

Sentencing, Sheriff JS Vaughan commented on the “very high reading” before putting the accused on a community pay back order for 18 months to include 160 hours of unpaid work and attend for alcohol treatment. Wilson will also have to sit and pass the extended test when his ban ends.

A homeless woman appeared in private at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday on charges relating to the Terrorism Act 2000, the Identity Documents Act 2010 and the Immigration Act 1971.

Lia Gzirishvivi, 38, was also charged with trying to pervert the course of justice. She made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody.

A MACHARS man will go on trial next month after denying assaulting a woman in the Isle of Whithorn last July.

Twenty-two-year-old Robert Kennedy, 16 St Ninian’s Crescent, is accused of assaulting Catherine Faukner in the village’s Main Street. He is also accused of engaging in a fight and committing a breach of the peace the same night.

A TEENAGER who has pled not guilty to exposed himself in the streets of his home village will return to Stranraer Sheriff Court to stand trial on March 30.

Chris Maguire, 18, 7 Manx View, Port William, denies lowering his trousers in Bowling Green Road on July 30 last year. He also denies assaulting Campbell McCaig in Manx View, attempting to force his way into a house in Manx View by repeatedly striking a door and kicking and breaking a garden light.