Locked up for order breach
A troubled Townhead man caught with a knife and cocaine, during two separate incidents, is behind bars for the first time in his life – for failing to comply with efforts to compile reports into his background.
Jonathan McGregor was found in possession of a blade in Burnside Court, Coatbridge, in September 2015.
The dim-witted 20-yearold was then caught with the Class A drug on his person at Motherwell police office on December 3 last year, having earlier been arrested for shouting and swearing to place others in a state of fear and alarm on Church Street in Coatbridge.
McGregor, of Belmont Street, was sentenced to a community payback order for the knife possession offence in July last year but was back at Airdrie Sheriff Court to face the music for an admitted breach of the order – and his punishment relating to the second incident.
A deferral had earlier been ordered for social work background reports, but defence solicitor Darran Khorasani painted a bleak picture of his client’s compliance with the court, while doing his best to keep McGregor from a trip to the cells.
Mr Khorasani said: “There are no reports available. I have been told by Mr McGregor that he has complied with his supervised bail and hasn’t been involved in any further offending.
“I am asking Your Lordship for one final opportunity to have the reports prepared while he is at liberty. He is aware he has placed himself in a difficult position today. He is very anxious to avoid going into custody and has never spent a period in custody.”
But a visibly unimpressed Sheriff Frank Pieri had no sympathy for McGregor, telling him: “This isn’t the first time you have not cooperated.
“You are also dealing with a breach of a community payback order that was a direct alternative to custody, which shows you are just not capable of complying [with court conditions].
“You will be remanded in custody for the next three weeks for the completion of the reports.”
McGregor’s return court date was then set for August 2. Sunday 16 July 10:00–17:00 Book tickets now www.nms.ac.uk/rural