Locked up for or­der breach

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Court re­porter

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

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