Actress in restaurant rip-off role

A BUDDING teenage actress took centre stage in a courtroom drama last week – but it wasn’t make-believe.

Teenage star Kelly Parish was in the dock at Jedburgh Sheriff Court to admit leaving two Hawick restaurants without paying the bill. The 18-year-old also admitted she had stolen alcohol from a local supermarket.

Parish, of Allars Bank, Hawick, starred in the short film drama Freeze last year and was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award.

The court was told that on March 1 she and two co-accused left behind a food and drinks bill of £102.55 at the Shebab restaurant in North Bridge Street.

And the following night staff at the Laughing Buddha, High Street, weren’t smiling when Parish exited leaving an unpaid tab of £95.20.

In a supporting role on both nights was 21-year-old Stuart Learmonth, also from Allars Bank, and Daniel Finnie, of Sandbed, Hawick, who pleaded guilty to the offences.

The court was told hunger drove the actress to cheating both restaurants.

Prosecutor Tessa Bradley told the sheriff: “The accused consumed copious amounts of food and drink, then left without paying.”

Parish’s solicitor, Rory Bannerman, commented: “The offences were fuelled by a lack of fuel.” He said Parish had shown great remorse.

Finnie and Parish also pleaded guilty to stealing alcohol worth almost £17 from Lidl in Wilton Path, Hawick, on March 4.

Miss Bradley said the pair were stopped as they tried to leave the shop and that the drink was recovered.

For Learmonth, Alison Marshall told Sheriff Donald Corke: “He is very disappointed at himself for behaving this way.

“He has been assessed at a low risk of reoffending and is keen to make compensation.”

Sheriff Corke told Parish and Learmonth: “Businesses can’t function properly when people do this sort of thing.”

He deferred sentence on Learmonth and Parish until November 3 to allow them to save money towards compensation.

He issued an arrest warrant for Finnie who failed to turn up at court.