Man fined for vandal attack on car in Galashiels

Channel Street in Galashiels.
Channel Street in Galashiels.

A man has been fined £225 at Selkirk Sheriff Court for jumping on the bonnet of a car and smashing one of its windows while it was being driven along Channel Street in Galashiels in the middle of the afternoon.

Stuart Moffett, 27, of Glendinning Terrace, Galashiels, pleaded guilty to shoutin g and swearing and kicking and damaging a vehicle on April 11.

Depute fiscal Tessa Bradley said Moffett was walking along Channel Street at around 3.50pm when a vehicle went past him driven by someone said to be well known to the Borders’ courts.

She continued: “The accused approached the vehicle and was shouting and swearing at the owner. He was kicking the door panels of the car.

“He then jumped onto the bonnet and punched one of the windows, smashing it.”

The fiscal said that the incident was witnessed by other motorists alarmed at what was going on and the police were called.

Defence lawyer Stephanie Clinkscale said her client had been crossing the road when the driver saw him and revved up his engine.

She said Moffett claimed the car had struck his leg before he reacted.

Ms Clinkscale added: “It is safe to say they do not like each other.”