Stranraer Sheriff Court files

THE latest from the dock at Stranraer Sheriff Court.

Thursday, 9th September 2010, 1:12 pm

A STRANRAER man who nearly died after crashing his car at high speed on the A75 near Castle Kennedy last September appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday to admit driving dangerously.

Neil Brunton, 21, of 8 Greystones, Liddesdale Road, admitted losing control of his car after witnesses saw his car "fishtailing" after taking a right hand bend on the road.

The accused's car became airborne and hit two trees before ending up on its roof. The witnesses had turned back and phoned for the emergency services. Brunton was found to have suffered life threatening injuries and rushed to hospital and later transferred to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where he was put on a ventilator. He has since made a full recovery.

Fiscal Nadine Dormer told the court that the police estimated that the maximum speed he could have been travelling at was 91mph.

Brunton also admitted driving dangerously on March 5 this year on the A77 between Stranraer and Portpatrick when attempting to over overtake another vehicle when it was unsafe to do so.

Sheriff Paul Crozier told Brunton this was a "very serious matter" and he was deferring sentence for reports until September 28 to be compiled. The accused was disqualified from driving ad interim.

A KIRKCOWAN man who admitted assaulting his former partner had his sentence deferred for six months to see if he could be of good behaviour by Sheriff Paul Crozier at the court in Stranraer on Monday.

Kevin Dodds, 45, of Barhoise Cottage, pled guilty to assaulting Carolyn McCabe by striking her on the face to her injury at Kildonnan Croft, Stoneykirk, on May 28.

Fiscal Depute Nadine Dormer said there had been an argument between the accused and complainer which had resulted in the assault. When interviewed by the police, Dodds had commented, "all this just for a slap".

Defending, solicitor Margo Nicol said the accused had been under "financial and emotional pressure" at the time.

Sheriff Crozier warned Dodds that if he was of good behaviour it would only mean the court would be "more lenient" when it came to sentencing, but he would have to face some punishment for the offence.

TWO Stranraer teenagers whose list of offences was described as an "extravaganza" by the fiscal, were sentenced on Tuesday at the sheriff Court in Stranraer.

Kevin Ringland,18, of 16 Orchard Avenue, admitted damaging the wing mirror of a car in Charlotte Street, Stranraer, on April 4; assaulting Jordan Sharp at the rear of 51 Hanover Street, by punching him repeatedly causing him to fall to the ground; breaking his bail conditions on April 13, May 5 and July 3; stealing a jumper from Barbours shop on July 26 and breaking bail conditions the same day.

Christopher Young, 19, of 3 St Ninian's Avenue, admitted assaulting Craig Edwards at the rear of 51 Hanover Street by repeatedly punching him on the head causing him to fall to the ground and breaking bail conditions on July 22 and 27.

On one occasion when found in a car outwith his home address by police, therefore in breach of his bail, Young announced he was going to hospital to see his grandmother who, he informed them, had suffered a heart attack.

But when police checked this out they found the lady in question in perfect health sitting at home.

Sheriff DS Corke put Ringland on probation for 12 months, to include 96 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay 20 compensation for the stolen jumper.

The sheriff ordered Young to complete an accumulative sentence of 80 hours of community service.

A WOMAN who drove off after hitting another car in a supermarket car park was fined 135 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Tracy Miller, 33, of 5 John Simpson Drive, Stranraer, admitted colliding with a parked car in Morrisons Car Park on October 17 last year, and failing to report the accident to the police within 24 hours.

Fiscal depute Nadine Dormer told the court that the complainer noticed the accused car in the car park at 6.30pm in a parent and child bay.

When they returned Miller's car was gone and there was scuff marks on the complainer's car. The accused's car had been seen to collide with the complainer's car by witnesses but when interviewed by the police Miller said she couldn't remember hitting the other car, but she accepted that she was driving and was liable.

A DRINK driver was banned from driving for three years at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday after admitting driving when three times over the limit.

Pensioner Robert Hill of Glen Road, Leswalt, admitted driving in Sheuchan Street, Stranraer on October 3 last year with 126 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35.

Sheriff Paul Crozier also put Hill on probation for 18 months.

A MAN who stole a cardigan was ordered to pay compensation and 80 hours of community service at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Thirty-year-old Simon Stewart, 37 St John Street, Stranraer, admitted taking the cardigan form New Look on Bellvilla Road on November 5 last year.