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Ho­tel row man fined

A Cri­an­larich man threw bot­tles dur­ing an ar­gu­ment at a Kin­tyre ho­tel, a Camp­bel­town court heard. Sen­tence was de­ferred, for re­ports, at an ear­lier hear­ing when Alexan­der Richard Gor­don Bell, 28, of Lau­rel­bank Ho­tel, Cri­an­larich, pleaded guilty to two charges of be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner dur­ing an in­ci­dent on July 17. So­cial work re­ports about Bell were pos­i­tive and he was fined £150 on each charge.

Dis­qual­i­fied af­ter po­lice of­fice visit

A driver made en­quiries at Camp­bel­town po­lice of­fice while smelling of al­co­hol. On Oc­to­ber 9, Alexan­der Sheri­dan, 77, of 49 Mill­burn Cres­cent, Ar­madale, asked of­fi­cers about pos­si­ble road clo­sures on the A83. Po­lice of­fi­cers smelt al­co­hol on his breath and Sheri­dan was stopped as he drove away. He was found to be over the drink drive limit, with 33 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath while the limit is 22mgs. He was charged and told of­fi­cers he had had about half a bot­tle of whisky the pre­vi­ous night but took his last drink at 11.45pm. Sher­iff Patrick Hughes dis­qual­i­fied Sheri­dan, who pleaded guilty, for 12 months and told him that if he com­pleted the drink drivers’ rehabilitation pro­gramme, the ban would be re­duced by three months. Sheri­dan was also fined £250.

Trou­ble­mak­ing teenager tagged

An 18-year-old man was warned by a Camp­bel­town sher­iff that his drink­ing was be­com­ing ‘in­tol­er­a­ble to the com­mu­nity’. At a re­cent hear­ing, John Towns­ley, of 20 Glen­side, was sen­tenced to 200 hours of un­paid work and ordered to wear an elec­tronic tag for eight months forc­ing him to re­main at home by re­strict­ing his lib­erty be­tween 8pm and 5am. Towns­ley had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted four charges, two of as­sault­ing po­lice of­fi­cers on De­cem­ber 6 last year and, while on bail for the first two of­fences, he caused ma­li­cious dam­age by punch­ing a car on May 27, on July 4 he was abu­sive when strik­ing a door and he be­haved in a threat­en­ing and abu­sive man­ner on Au­gust 16. Sher­iff Patrick Hughes said: ‘You drink to ex­cess and cause a lot of pain and suf­fer­ing to other peo­ple. You could have re­ceived a sen­tence of more than a year for these of­fences. ‘This is the last time you will ap­pear in this court and not leave in hand­cuffs.’

Jura driver dis­qual­i­fied

When po­lice of­fi­cers stopped a hatch­back that was swerv­ing across a Jura road, they found the woman driver heav­ily in­tox­i­cated. Mar­garet Boyle, 67, of Knock­rome, had been to Jura Fes­ti­val on Septem­ber 22 and was driv­ing ‘very slowly’ in front of of­fi­cers at 10.40pm. Due to the lo­ca­tion, a ferry was called and Boyle was taken to an Is­lay po­lice of­fice, where she was found to be four-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit. Sher­iff Hughes dis­qual­i­fied Boyle, who had pleaded guilty, for 12 months and fined her £320.

Driver banned

‘I don’t stop for blue lights,’ an East Kil­bride van driver told po­lice of­fi­cers, who sus­pected he had been drink driv­ing. Self-em­ployed plumber Ray­mond Al­li­son, 31, of 4 Dalmelling­ton Drive, was spot­ted driv­ing er­rat­i­cally on the A83 in Camp­bel­town on Jan­uary 20. He drove to the ac­com­mo­da­tion blocks at the MACC base and was found by of­fi­cers nearby af­ter leav­ing his van. Al­li­son did not ap­pear at an ear­lier hear­ing in Fe­bru­ary, was ar­rested on a war­rant and pleaded guilty to a charge of driv­ing while dou­ble the drink drive limit. His plea of not guilty to a fur­ther charge of driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion was ac­cepted. Sher­iff Hughes fined Al­li­son £250 for his fail­ure to ap­pear and £350 with a 12-month ban for drink driv­ing.

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