Stranraer Sheriff Court Files

All the latest from the dock, brought to you by court reporter Louise Kerr.

Sore head, 550 fine

A DRUNK who headbutted a wall and threw a wheelie bin and its contents at licensed premises in Stranraer was fined 550 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

David Ryan, 31 High Street, Stranraer, appeared from custody to admit throwing a wheelie bin and rubbish at Chasers Bar in North Strand Street, shouting, swearing, headbutting a wall, attempting to fight with others and committing a breach of the peace on Sunday evening.

He also pled guilty to assaulting a police officer by kicking him on the leg at Stranraer Police Station the same night.

Fiscal Kay Christie said Ryan had been picked up on CCTV being abusive outside Chasers. The police were called and found the accused in "an agitated state".

Ryan then became abusive towards the officers before headbutting the wall. He was arrested and taken to the police station where his behaviour didn't improve, said the fiscal.

Lawyer Michael Kilkerr said Ryan wanted to apologise to the court, the police officers and the staff of Chasers Bar.

Mr Kilkerr said Ryan had been at a christening earlier in the day with his girlfriend and had gone on afterwards for a drink. He did not normally behave like that, said the solicitor, but had experienced a "strange reaction" to alcohol that night.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb said it was lucky Ryan had decided to headbutt the wall and not a police officer.

Vandal to pay 400

A STRANRAER teenager was fined 400 after admitting vandalising communal changing rooms at a park in the town last December.

Allan Henry, 18, of Lochview Guest House, Agnew Crescent, appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday to plead guilty to kicking a door off its hinges, pulling coat hooks off a wall, repeatedly kicking wooden benches and repeatedly striking a sink with a piece of wood, while acting with a juvenile.

Depute fiscal Kay Christie said approximately 500 worth of damage was done.

Solicitor Paul Feeney said reports showed Henry had been drinking and his behaviour was "out of character".

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told Henry that having a job would be better for him. He added that his actions had been "reprehensible" before fining him and handing him a supervised attendance order of 80 hours.

Drug woman order

A WOMAN who stole from her former employers to pay off drug debts was ordered to do 192 hours of community service by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at the court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Claire Agnew (38), of 9F Foundry Lane, Stranraer, had previously admitted taking 3,600 from the GK Group in Commerce Road between December 2005 and April 2006, but sentence was deferred until this week for medical reports.

Her lawyer, Tony McAndrew told the court that full restitution had now been made.

Trial dates fixed

TWO separate trial dates were set for a Kirkcowan man at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Stephen Lowrie, 48, will appear for trial on November 11th after pleading not guilty to three charges in connection with drugs.

He will also appear for trial on November 23rd after pleading not guilty to assaulting a man in Newton Stewart on February 6th.

Jail for spit attack

A GLENLUCE man was given 30 days in prison after assaulting a woman at his home.

Iain Brown, of 10D Fineview Crescent, appeared from custody at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday to admit spitting at June Westran in his home earlier that day, striking her on the arm with spittle.

On misuse charge

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

Lorraine Johnston, of 24D Dalrymple Street, Stranraer, appeared on a misuse of drugs charge. She made no plea, was committed for further examination and granted bail.