Stranraer Sheriff Court

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By The Newsroom
Friday, 3rd February 2012, 10:03 am

A Wigtown woman who was “extremely upset” after her phone was stolen pled guilty to abusing police officers who arrested her in Dashwood Square, Newton Stewart, last September when she appeared at the Sheriff Court in Stranraer on Monday.

Thirty-four-year-old Christine McCreadie, 16B North Main Street, admitted behaving in an abusive manner in Dashwood Square and in a police vehicle travelling to the police station in the town when shouting and swearing at officers, repeatedly striking the windows and seats of the vehicle and then threatening a police sergeant with violence at Newton Stewart Police Station and attempting to headbutt him.

Defending the accused, lawyer Ian Milligan said that the only person who had suffered in the incident was the accused as she had injured herself in the struggle. He said that McCreadie had become extremely upset when she realised her mobile phone had been taken as it contained the only pictures she had of her child as a baby. He added that she was now receiving support and was getting her life “back on an even keel”.

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Sentencing, Sheriff Daniel Kelly told McCreadie that the police officers had been subjected to a “considerable amount of verbal abuse” from her and he ordered her to complete a Community Pay Back Order of 90 hours unpaid work.

A twenty-five-year-old Kirkinner man will stand trial on June 18 after denying a dangerous driving charge.

Steven Crosbie of 19 Main Street, pled not guilty driving at excessive speed for the road conditions on November 25 last year, failing to maintain control of his vehicle, causing it to cross the central road markings and encroach upon the opposite carriageway, colliding with on oncoming car, causing damage to both cars and injury to both drivers. The alleged incident happened on the A746 at the junction to Hazelbank, near Sorbie.

A man was sent to prison for eight months by Sheriff Daniel Kelly at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday after misbehaving in the same courtroom last March.

Terence Westran, 26, currently a prisoner, admitted shouting, swearing and struggling with custodial officers in the court and in the cell block downstairs on March 8, 2011.

Procurator Fiscal William McKay said that the accused had shouted abusive language at the court officials and the sheriff and this behaviour had continued when he was taken down to the cells.

Defending the accused, agent Paul Feeney said that Westran had developed an addiction to valium and when he was sentenced that day he became concerned about his ability to obtain the drug and this had caused him to “lose control”, said the solicitor. But since Westran had been in custody he had sought help for his drug problem.

Sheriff Daniel Kelly said the police must maintain order in the court and that an custodial sentence was inevitable.

A Stranraer teenager who admitting punching a dog and throwing it to the ground will be sentenced next month after Sheriff Daniel Kelly called for reports on the accused.

Callum McConnell, 17, of 18B Dalrymple Street, admitted causing the dog unnecessary suffering in Agnew Park on May 12 last year.

McConnell will also be sentenced on two other matters the same day.