Kelso thief jailed for four months

Jedburgh Sheriff Court
Jedburgh Sheriff Court

A repeat offender was jailed for four months at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, pictured, last Friday.

Roderick Kennedy, 31, of Roxburgh Street, Kelso, appeared from custody and admitted stealing a pressure washer at Inch Road in the town on March 18/19 last year.

Prosecutor Claire Bottomley told how the accused was seen by a neighbour dragging the item, worth £300, from a driveway into the grounds of nearby Inch hospital at around 9.35pm, adding: “CCTV footage from the hospital grounds was checked and it was found hidden in some bushes.”

Kennedy also pleaded guilty to shouting and swearing, and making abusive comments to his former partner at Roxburgh Street, Kelso, on September 20 last year. The offence was committed while he was on bail.

Ms Bottomley said the accused called his ex a “f*****g slag”, adding: “No wonder the neighbours don’t like me when I let a***holes like you into my house.”

Ross Dow, defending, said his client’s ex-partner was in court to support him and remained on friendly terms with Kennedy.

He also admitted that on October 24 last year he stole clothing worth £12, which was recovered, from The Original Factory Shop in Bowmont Street and alcohol, worth £9.59, but was not recovered, from the Co-op store in Roxburgh Street, both Kelso.

Kennedy further pleaded guilty to being found in premises at Inchmead, Kelso, in suspicious circumstances on April 30 this year while on bail and an ASBO (antisocial behaviour order).

Mr Dow said his client’s record showed a “litany of offending”, but added: “For the first time in 12 months he has been making efforts and his rate of offending has slightly decreased, and the nature of offending has changed.”