I pre­fer jail to Mother­well

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A man has been sen­tenced to 80 days be­hind bars af­ter beg­ging to be jailed in a bizarre episode at Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice.

James Steven­son, 27, en­tered the premises on Au­gust 3 and shouted at po­lice of­fi­cers to “f****** jail me”.

The Mother­well man threat­ened to kill him­self as of­fi­cers at­tempted to drive him to Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal af­ter be­com­ing con­cerned with his be­hav­iour.

He had been put on bail only the day be­fore.

The procu­ra­tor fis­cal ex­plained: “The ac­cused was try­ing to find some ac­co­mo­da­tion.

“He en­tered Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice and told of­fi­cers he was a res­i­dent of Airth Court in Mother­well.

“He went on to say he’d rather be in cus­tody than stay there and said ‘ just jail me, I’m not go­ing back there’.

“Of­fi­cers de­cided to take him to Mon­k­lands Hospi­tal but en route the ac­cused threat­ened to kill him­self and said he would ‘put my head through this win­dow’.

“The ve­hi­cle was stopped and they at­tempted to calm him down but they were un­able to and de­cided to take him back to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice.”

Steven­son’s solic­i­tor said: “My client is lonely with no help from fam­ily or friends.”

Sher­iff Frank Pieri said: “Due to the bail ag­gra­va­tion, I am sen­tenc­ing you to 80 days in prison.”

Se­rial thief

A se­rial thief will re­turn to court next month af­ter miss­ing re­ports pre­vented his sen­tenc­ing.

An­drew Bren­nan, 29, has pleaded guilty to five counts of theft which took place on June 17 and 18.

He tar­geted sev­eral stores in­clud­ing the BP garage on Air­drie’s Carlisle Road.

Bren­nan, of Mon­k­land Street, stole food from Air­drie’s Ice­land store and Scot­mid on For­rest Street be­fore tak­ing al­co­hol from the BP garage on June 17.

The fol­low­ing day he nicked food from the same garage be­fore re­turn­ing to Scot­mid to com­mit the same crime.

He will re­turn to court to face the con­se­quences on Oc­to­ber 4 once a drug test­ing and treat­ment or­der has been com­piled.

Sold drugs to pals

An Air­drie man has been given a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der af­ter plead­ing guilty to sup­ply­ing a Class B drug.

Dil­lon Fi­nesy, 23, was caught with cannabis on June 18 af­ter po­lice re­ceived re­ports of a ve­hi­cle act­ing sus­pi­ciously.

He was found asleep in­side the car on Ayr Drive a short while later.

The Fer­gu­son Way res­i­dent im­me­di­ately ad­mit­ted his guilt when of­fi­cers car­ried out their ini­tial search af­ter smelling a strong scent of cannabis from within the ve­hi­cle.

At Air­drie Sher­iff Court last week the procu­ra­tor fis­cal ex­plained: “Po­lice re­ceived a re­port about a ve­hi­cle act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the area.

“They saw it parked on Ayr Drive at around 12.30am and wit­nessed the ac­cused asleep in the car.

“They also iden­ti­fied a strong scent of cannabis. The ac­c­cused was de­tained for a search and he ad­mit­ted to po­lice that drugs were within the ve­hi­cle.

“In to­tal 32.6g of cannabis with a street value of £300 was re­cov­ered.

“The ac­cused told po­lice, ‘I buy a big bit on­line and sell it to my mates’.

“He was de­tained and taken to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice, where he was in­ter­viewed and gave a full ad­mis­sion to buying in bulk to sell to friends.”

Fi­nesy’s solic­i­tor said: “This is nor­mally an of­fence that at­tracts im­pris­on­ment and he knows it is a very se­ri­ous mat­ter.

“How­ever, my client pleaded guilty at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity and he also has a good record.

“He recog­nises his wrong­do­ings and his friends were just as much a part of this as he was.”

Sher­iff Frank Pieri ruled: “This is in­deed a se­ri­ous of­fence but, given your early plea and lack of of­fend­ing, I will give you a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

“You will carry out 105 hours of un­paid work, which I have re­duced from 150.

“This will be com­pleted within 12 months and if you breach that or­der you will be brought back here be­fore me to be sen­tenced all over again.”

Prison warn­ing

A young Air­drie man has es­caped prison by the skin of his teeth af­ter breach­ing a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

Rochsoles Drive res­i­dent Christo­pher Laird, 21, was given un­paid work in Novem­ber for post­ing threat­en­ing and of­fen­sive mes­sages through the mail­box of Adams med­i­cal prac­tice at Air­drie Health Cen­tre.

The de­tails of the or­der were not dis­closed in court but Laird did not com­plete the des­ig­nated hours within the given time­frame.

His solic­i­tor said: “My client has had dif­fi­cul­ties and hasn’t com­pleted the un­paid work. How­ever, this or­der was orig­i­nally given as an al­ter­na­tive to a fine.”

Sher­iff Frank Pieri was con­vinced the breach did not war­rant a cus­to­dial sen­tence and said: “I am go­ing to give you one fi­nal op­por­tu­nity.

“You will be put un­der a re­stric­tion of lib­erty for one month, dur­ing which you will re­main at your home be­tween the hours of 7pm to 7am ev­ery night.

“This is an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody. If you breach it you’ll go to prison.”

He went on to say he’d rather be in cus­tody than stay there and said ‘just jail me, I’m not go­ing back there’

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