Hawick teen told he shouldn’t be going out anyway
A Hawick teenager who expressed his dismay at being placed on a night time curfew has been told by a sheriff he should not be going out anyway due to the current coronavirus lockdown.
Eighteen-year-old Kian McHugh appeared from custody at Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to two counts of threatening or abusive behaviour and a breach of bail at the weekend.
A trial date was due to be fixed, but the crown opposed his bail due to previous offending and wanted him remanded in custody.
Defence lawyer Ross Dow pointed out his client's young age and insisted his client was not responsible for the breach of bail.
Sheriff Peter Paterson said he was willing to grant bail with special conditions not to enter Princes Street in Hawick or contact three named people.
He also put him on a night-time curfew, keeping him in his Silverbuthall Road home between the hours of 7pm and 7am.
The sheriff told McHugh: “Don't shake your head at the conditions.
"These are the conditions most people are living under just now.
"You don't work and you cannot socialise with more than one person outside so there is no reason to be out."
A trial date has been fixed for August 3 with an intermediate hearing on July 19.