A heroin addict who admitted stealing more than £800 worth of property from cars parked in Galashiels was placed on a 12-month DTTO (Drug Treatment and Testing Order).
Gareth Jones, 44, of Torwoodlee Road, Galashiels, forced open a locked car with intent to steal in King Street between December 24 and 30. On December 26/27, he entered an insecure vehicle at Scott Street and stole a satellite navigation system and a bottle of alcohol. There was no recovery of the property, worth £115.
Jones committed a similar offence at Riddle Dumble Park on January 19/20, making off with footwear and a wallet worth £165, of which £40 was recovered. On January 20/21, he entered another insecure car at Balnakiel Terrace and stole a CD player, keys and a purse worth £400, of which £300 was recovered. Jones also pleaded guilty to entering another unlocked vehicle at the same place, between January 20 and 23, and stealing jump leads, battery pack and a pump, worth £150, with no recovery.
Scott McKenzie, defending, said his client had a significant heroin addiction and had been assessed as suitable for a DTTO.
ROW OVER BEER BOTTLE
Angered by a barman clearing away his bottle of beer, Christopher Graham started shouting and throwing furniture about.
The 21-year-old, of Tweedside Caravan Park, Montgomery Street, Innerleithen, appeared from custody and admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Tow Bar, which is at the caravan site, on Sunday.
Tessa Bradley, prosecuting, said the caravan park was owned by the accused’s family, and his parents were in the bar with him around 1.15am.
She went on: “He had been there drinking most of the evening and became verbally aggressive towards his father, shouting and swearing, banging on top of the bar and throwing chairs about.”
Graham told police: “I would really like to apologise.”
Ross Dow, defending, said his client was ashamed of his behaviour, adding: “He feels he has really disappointed his parents and let them down. He works as a groundsman at the caravan park. He had been drinking and got carried away after the barman cleared away a bottle of beer.”
Graham was fined £333.33, reduced from £500 for his early plea.
HAWICK VODKA THIEF
A Hawick man who stole a bottle of vodka from a shop will be sentenced at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on August 22.
David Connolly, 30, of Bright Street, appeared from custody and admitted stealing a bottle of vodka from B & M Bargains, Croft Road, Hawick, last Thursday, while on bail.
Sentence was deferred for reports and Connolly released on bail, with a condition not to enter the premises.
CANNABIS FARM CHARGE
Two men and a woman have been accused of running a cannabis farm near Newcastleton.
This follows a police raid on a remote property at Whisgills Farm and the seizure of 67 plants and drugs to the value of £30,000.
Mattias Eugene Berry, 44, Shelby Sada Gilligan, 21, and Wayne Marc Chadwick, 41, all from Manchester, appeared in private charged with producing a controlled drug and being concerned in the supply of cannabis. All three made no plea or declaration and the case was continued for further examination. Chadwick was remanded in custody, while Berry and Gilligan were released on bail.
NOVEMBER TRIAL DATE
A 29-year-old man who denies breaking into a Galashiels pharmacy and stealing prescription medication will stand trial on November 18.
William Kennedy, of Craw Wood, Tweedbank, appeared from custody, pleading not guilty to committing the offence at Farren Pharmacy in Bank Street on Saturday.
He was released on bail to attend an intermediate hearing on October 27.
A Galashiels motorist who denies driving a car when almost three times the alcohol limit will stand trial on November 18.
Colin George, 39, of William Law Gardens, appeared from custody, accused of committing the offence at Wilderhaugh, Galashiels, on Saturday. It is alleged his breath/alcohol reading was 104 mcgs – the legal limit being 35.
George also pleaded not guilty to failing to give information as to the car driver at William Law Gardens the following day, and failing to co-operate with a preliminary breath test.
An intermediate hearing was set for September 29. George was released on bail with a condition not to drive any vehicle meantime.
A Hawick woman, due to stand trial by jury on a charge of having an illegal drug with intent to supply, admitted an amended allegation of possession of cannabis at her home in Wilson Drive on August 10 last year.
Sentence on Clare Parker, 40, was deferred sentence until August 8 for reports.
Not guilty of knife crime
A jury at Selkirk Sheriff Court took less than five minutes to clear a 31-year-old man of possession of a knife.
They returned a not-guilty verdict on Andrew Gillies, c/o St Martin’s Court, Haddington, who denied having an offensive weapon in a common stair at Beech Avenue, Galashiels, on December 13.
A teenager, accused of driving dangerously on the Gattonside to Leaderfoot road, will stand trial on November 11.
Robert McMullen, 19, of Killiecroft, Tweedbank, denies repeatedly driving at speeds excessive for the road conditions, entering the opposing carriageway and colliding with a car, and losing control of the vehicle, causing it to leave the road, damaging both vehicles and injuring a 16-year-old and himself, on the B6360 on April 8.
An intermediate hearing was set for October 20.
APPEARED IN PRIVATE
A man appeared in private charged on petition with having indecent images of children at his Newtown St Boswells home.
David Orlowski, 58, made no plea or declaration. The case was continued and he was released on bail.
‘PROLIFIC REPEAT OFFENDER’
A Kelso man was remanded in custody pending sentence on August 1.
Roderick Kennedy, 32, of Roxburgh Street, pleaded guilty to being found in the curtilage of a house at Dow Brae, Yetholm, in suspicious circumstances on Saturday.
Kennedy also admitted spitting at an officer in Kelso police station and breaching a bail curfew.
Sheriff John Halley described the accused as “a prolific repeat offender with an underlying drug issue”.
SEARCH REVEALED DRUGS
Illegal drugs were found during a search of Darren Crawford’s home.
The 30-year-old, now living at Lothian Street, Hawick, admitted having cannabis resin worth between £30 and £40, and diamorphine valued at £20, at a house in Glendinning Terrace, Galashiels, where he was living on March 6.
“The background to his recent offending is all related to his drug addiction,” explained defence solicitor Mat Patrick.
Sentence was deferred until August 11 for a Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) assessment.
A Selkirk man who denies having indecent photographs of children at his Bleachfield Road home has had a further intermediate hearing set for July 28.
William Brown is due to stand trial on August 5.
The 35-year-old pleads not guilty to possession of indecent photographs of children on May 8 last year.
RELEASED ON BAIL
A 66-year-old man who pleads not guilty to sexually or indecently assaulting a woman at his Galashiels home will stand trial on November 11.
Robert Pupkis, of Tulley Court, Glenfield Road West, is alleged to have committed the offence on May 29.
An intermediate hearing was set for October 20. Pupkis was granted bail, with a condition not to contact the woman and another person.
TEXT MESSAGES ALLEGATION
A Galashiels man accused of sending grossly-offensive or obscene text messages to a woman will stand trial on November 11.
Stuart Gillan, 35, of Thistle Street, denies committing the offence at his home on April 29. An intermediate hearing was set for October 20.