Stranraer Sheriff Court Files

All the latest from the dock.

A DRUG addict who stole items from a house in Newton Stewart was jailed for eight months on Tuesday at the court in Stranraer.

Twenty-nine-year-old James Hughes, 22 Mansefield Place, pled guilty to resetting a hand held television, a sat-nav, a cool bag, batteries, connectors, a radio cover and a notebook from a house in Auchendoon Road on March 6 and to being found in Auchendoon Road with intent to steal.

Fiscal Nadine Dormer told the court that the couple who owned the property were disturbed by the noise of their dog downstairs early in that morning. The woman got up to investigate and discovered the accused in their home. She began screaming and shouting for her partner to come downstairs.

Hughes ran out of the house shouting: "I'm sorry, I'm sorry!" then made his escape on a bicycle, with the man of the house in hot pursuit. The accused then fell of the bike causing a carrier bag on the handlebars with the contents he had taken to spill out.

Solicitor Ian Milligan said that Hughes had no memory of the incident and he could only deduce that he was "under the influence of drugs and not in complete control of his faculties".

A NEWTON Stewart teenager who suffers from attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder (ADHD) was given 100 hours of community service by Sheriff Robb after admitting assault at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Seventeen-year-old Douglas Marr, of 73 Glebe Crescent, pled guilty to assaulting Connor Muir, on Corsbie Road on March 23 by punching him in the face.

Agent for the accused Paul Feeney said that Marr had a history of behaviour difficulties and suffered form ADHD.

A KIRKINNER teenager who assaulted a girl she believed was spreading rumours about her was fined 280 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Katy Jones ,19, of 5 Main Street, admitted punching a 14-year-old girl in the face in King Street, Newton Stewart, on March 16.

Sentencing Sheriff Kenneth Robb advised the accused to "keep her temper in check in future".

CLAIMING benefits she was not entitled to landed a Castle Kennedy woman with a community service order. Chantelle Allanson, 31, of 12 Douglas Road, admitted claiming 2,562.83 in Income Support and 1,394.86 in housing benefit and 500.19 in council tax benefit on November 19, 2007, after failing to inform the department of work and pensions of a change in her circumstances.

In mitigation, lawyer Paul Feeney told the court that the accused had found herself in "difficult circumstances "at the time.

A STRANRAER man, Thomas Macdonald, 21, whose address was given as Dumfries Prison, was jailed for eight months by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at the court in Stranraer last week after admitting repeatedly punching a man to his injury on January 31 at a public bar in George Street, Stranraer.