Stranraer Sheriff Court Files

THE latest from the dock.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 20th May 2010, 4:14 pm

A WHITHORN man who bit two police officers appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week - alongside the man with whom he had been fighting.

Ryan Longridge, aged 20, of 6 King Road, Whithorn and John Whorlow, 19, c/o 50 Ashwood Drive, Stranraer, both pled guilty to fighting with each other in Church Street, Stranraer, on May 9.

Longridge also admitted butting a police officer and biting him on the leg and a further charge of biting another police officer on the arm the same night.

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Sheriff Mark Thorley deferred sentence until June 1 for reports to be compiled.

A STRANRAER man who dragged his wife downstairs by her hair after a row over text messages on her mobile phone appeared from custody at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week.

Stuart McDonald, 35, whose address was given as c/o Ryanlea, Leswalt Road, admitted injuring his wife, Angela Greenhill, shouting, swearing, kicking and punching furniture and committing a breach of the peace at 34 Woodland Road on May 9.

Fiscal Nadine Dormer said that there had been an argument over text messages and McDonald had dragged the complainer down the stairs and thrown her out onto the street.

Police found her outside dressed in just a T-shirt. Once inside, they noticed that a lot of furniture had been damaged.

Sheriff Mark Thorley deferred sentencing on McDonald until June 1 for reports.

FOUR young men from the Isle of Whithorn appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court last week to admit assaulting a man who had wished them a "Happy New Year".

Adam Flannigan, 20, and Michael Flannigan,18, both of 13 Boyach Crescent; David Huxtable, 20, 14 Main Street and Alfred McHallum, 20, 4 Boyach Road, all pled guilty to assaulting Ramsey MacVicar in Main Street early on January 1 by repeatedly punching him on the head and body.

Michael Flannigan also admitted a separate charge of assaulting Daniel Kevan on the same date.

Depute Procurator Fiscal Nadine Dormer told the court on Monday Mr MacVicar had met the men in the street at about 3am and wished them "Happy New Year" but was then assaulted.

At one point the victim lost his footing and fell but all he remembered was "boots coming to his head". A passer-by became involved and the attack ended.

Afterwards, Mr MacVicar was drifting in and out of consciousness. He suffered bruising to his left eye socket.

Sheriff Mark Thorley adjourned sentencing until June 1 for reports.

A KIRKINNER farmer was fined a total of 1,670 and banned from driving for four months last Tuesday after admitting drink driving and repeatedly breaking his bail conditions.

Alexander Irvine, 44, of Knock-ann, admitted approaching his estranged wife, Wendy Irvine, in Wigtown on November 17 and the same day driving in South Main Street with 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35.

He further admitted going to Auchenlarie Caravan Park on January 4 and contacting his wife, against the terms of bail.

Defending, Joe Baxter, said that his client's life began to unravel when he started drinking heavily to cope with his workload after the farm increased its dairy herd to 300 cows. This had put a strain on his relationship with his wife.

Irvine's father decided, at the end of last year, to sell the herd while his son was hospitalised. Irvine's parents were bringing him back from hospital in Dumfries when they told him. He became distressed and insisted they stop at the caravan park where his wife lived to discuss the development.

Mr Baxter added that Irvine had been diagnosed with a "depressive illness", was taking medication, making progress and back working full time.

Where previously he had been thinking "irrationally" and wanted to resurrect his marriage, he now understood it was at an end and wanted to apologise to his wife and family.

A WHAUPHILL man who denies taking pictures of schoolchildren without their permission will stand trial on September 9 at Stranraer.

Kenneth Starks, aged 58, of 5 Main Street, pled not guilty by letter to three charges: repeatedly taking photographs and videos of schoolchildren and other members of the public without their permission and to their fear and alarm on various occasions between June 1, 2009 and February 25, 2010 at Main Street, Whauphill; engaging a schoolgirl in conversation on a bus journey between Whauphill and Newton Stewart, asking her where she lived and taking photographs or videos of her without her consent, placing her and other schoolchildren on the bus in a state of fear and alarm on October 7 last year and, on October 8, 2009, at 5 Main Street, Whauphill, struggling with two police officers, refusing to be handcuffed and refusing to leave home.

A NEWTON STEWART man, aged 21, was ordered to pay restitution of 250 by Sheriff Robb after admitting stealing a digital camera and 36 at the Stena Line terminal in Stranraer on October 28 last year.

Brian Cloy, Benyellary, York Road, had appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday for sentencing.