Stranraer Sheriff Court Files

All the latest from the dock.

Thursday, 29th April 2010, 5:05 pm

A TOP Wigtownshire horsewoman and her mother were banned from keeping any animals for four years by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Court on Tuesday after they failed to significantly improve conditions for the horses kept at their home.

Ruth Copeland-Wing, 22, who won a class at last year's Wigtown Show, and her mother Veronica, 56, of Barlockhart Lodge, Glenluce, pled guilty last August to keeping six horses in standard that were below those required by the SSPCA, who had been called to the stables in December 2008 after complaints. They found that the six horses had not been supplied with clean, dry bedding and the stables and paddock had shards of wood with protruding nails visible, causing a potential injury hazard to the horses.

At the time Sheriff Robb deferred sentencing for eight months to allow the women to improve the conditions and to receive further reports from the SSPCA on the progress being made.

However, on Tuesday, the Copland-Wing's solicitor Kenneth Paterson told the court that two subsequent reports from the SSPCA showed that although conditions had improved "slightly" the animal charity was still extremely concerned at the number of horses being kept at Barlockhart Lodge.

He suggested the two women reduced the number of horses they had, emphasising that the horses were "close to their hearts". He added that the horses were not suffering but that due to "financial constraints" they were not in "tip-top" condition.

Sheriff Robb said he had studied the reports from the SSPCA and had concluded that the advice given to improve the conditions at Barlockhart Lodge for the welfare of the horses had been largely ignored.

The sheriff deferred enforcing the ban for six weeks to allow for the Copeland -Wing's to dispose of the horses.

A Newton Stewart man who tried to gouge the eye of a police officer who was trying to restrain him was fined 425 at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday.

Andrew Barry Strachan, 12 Ewart Drive, pled guilty to resisting, obstructing, molesting and hindering a police officer and to placing his thumb in the officer's eye and applying pressure in Victoria Street in the town on January 22.

Fiscal Nadine Dormer told the court that the incident happened at around quarter past 11 at night when officer were called to a disturbance. The officers were trying to restrain the accused to handcuff him, but he was struggling with them and then tried to gouge the eye of one of the officer.holding him. Another officer saw what was happening and took Strachan's hand away from the policeman's face. The officer suffered pain in his eye but did not need medical attention.

The accused's solicitor Ian Milligan said that alcohol had been a contributory factor in his behaviour, adding the his judgement had "become clouded."

THREE Newton Stewart men each received substantial fines for assault after a feud turned to violence.

Brothers Kevin Ross, 22, and Ronald Ross, 24, both of 21 Glebe Crescent, and Michael Wood, 20, of 36 Corvisel Avenue, all pled guilty to assaulting Thomas Kirk at the Crown Hotel, on October 25 last year, by repeatedly kicking and punching him to his injury,

Wood also admitted assaulting Kenny Patterson to his injury at the same place the same evening.

Representing the Ross brothers, agent Ian Milligan told the court that the incident had been driven by "a particular argument between the two families." But he added both now wanted this feud to be brought to an end.

Woods lawyer Michael Kilkerr said that his client had a similar problem with "this particular family." He said that Woods would "not go looking for them but he was concerned they will come after him".

Before sentencing , Sheriff Kenneth Robb said that he was also concerned about the continuation of "the feud".

He fined Kevin Ross 800, Ronald Ross 1,080 and Michael Wood a combined total fine of 990.

A NEWTON Stewart woman who drive when almost three times over the drink drive limit was banned from driving for 30 months at Stranraer Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Tracy Lenaghan, 29, of 23 Glebe Crescent, admitted driving in Corvisel Road with 235 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, the limit being 80, on December 30 last year.

Fiscal Nadine Dormer said that residents in the street were woken at 4.30am by a loud bang outside. They looked out to see the accused's Ford Focus car in the middle of the road. She was then seen getting out of the car and sitting on the pavement in a disorientated state. The residents went to her aid and had to physically assist her to take her back to their house. The police arrived and they noticed that the accused's speech was slurred and that she was smelling of alcohol.

Defending agent Ian Milligan said that Lenaghan had been dealing with some problems in her life by "drinking too much."

Sheriff Robb also fined the accused 340.

A WHITHORN teenager with a taste for riding other peoples' quad bikes had his sentence deferred for reports by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Court on Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old David Martin, Jakmar, Ketburn Place, admitted taking and driving a quad bike for Upper Barr Farm, near Newton Stewart, between March 24 and 25, and doing the same at Bridgehouse Farm, Sorbie, on March 25, both without the owners consent.

He also pled guilty to repeatedly kicking a drinks vending machine and trying to force it open with intent to steal at Solway Seafoods, Bladnoch, on March 25.

The case will be called again on May 25.

A MAN who attempted to grow his own cannabis was ordered to do 120 hours of community service at Stranraer sheriff Court on Tuesday.

Brian Henry, 34, 17 Millhill Street, pled guilty at a previous diet to producing the plant at his home on March 26th.

A FIFTY-four year old woman was put on four years probation by Sheriff Kenneth Robb at Stranraer Court on Tuesday after admitting two breach of the peace charges.

Isobel Donnan, 7 North Street, Glenluce, pled guilty to conducting her self in a disorderly manner, shouting and swearing at the Galloway Community Hospital on March 30 and doing the same at her home on April 4.

A STRANRAER couple who went on a shoplifting spree were sentenced at the sheriff court in Stranraer on Tuesday.

Derek Keirs, 18, and Donna Farley, 22, of 15 Hampton Court, pled guilty to five theft charges between them and Farley also admitted breaching the terms of her probation twice.

Kiers pled guilty to stealing a pair of hair straighteners from Boots in Castle Street on January 26; ripping the security tag off a tee-shirt at Intersport in Charlotte Street in an attempt to steal it on January 29 and to stealing photo frames and lighters for Pounds Worth on Castle Street the same day. All the items were recovered.

He also admitted taking a purse from Hampton Court on July 13 last year.

Farley admitted stealing deodorant and tanning lotion for Superdrug in George Street on January 29.

Keirs was fined 240 and ordered to do a total of 240 hours community service while Farley was fined 120 and put on probation for 18 months.