Ex­tor­tion charge

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - INTIMATIONS -

A 33-year-old man has been charged with the ex­tor­tion of £6,000 by threat­en­ing to make pub­lic that an­other man was a sex of­fender.

Kevin Slater, of Bal­moral Court, Carlisle, pleaded not guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fence in Dum­fries on var­i­ous oc­ca­sions dur­ing an 18 month pe­riod to Jan­uary this year.

He also de­nied threat­en­ing to harm the other man if he did not give him the money or if he reported him to the po­lice.

Slater also de­nied be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner at the house in March in com­pany with an­other, re­peat­edly bang­ing on the door and look­ing through the let­ter box and fail­ing to leave when re­quested.

In ad­di­tion, Slater de­nied that know­ing the man had reported the theft of money he at­tended at the house with in­tent to per­suade him to with­draw his po­lice state­ment and at­tempted to per­vert the course of jus­tice.

Trial at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court has been set for Jan­uary.

■ A court has heard how an oper­a­tion in­volv­ing rev­enue and cus­toms au­thor­i­ties snared a mo­torist on the M74 car­ry­ing 80,000 non-duty paid cig­a­rettes.

So­fan Zaki was driv­ing a ve­hi­cle north from Birm­ing­ham when the trap was sprung near John­stone­bridge and he was found in pos­ses­sion of cases of the cig­a­rettes be­lieved to be of a Pol­ish brand.

And de­pute fis­cal Mar­ion Hodge told the court at Dum­fries, that he had claimed to have paid £4,500 for the cig­a­rettes which he was go­ing to sell to Pol­ish shops in and around Aberdeen.

In the dock, Zaki, of Faulds Gate, Aberdeen, ad­mit­ted know­ingly car­ry­ing the non duty paid cig­a­rettes in Fe­bru­ary last year and de­fraud­ing the au­thor­i­ties of £25,640.

The fis­cal de­pute added that it seemed he had some knowl­edge that the cig­a­rettes were avail­able in Birm­ing­ham.

Solic­i­torVivi­enne Cald­well said Zaki reg­u­larly trav­elled to Birm­ing­ham and did not in­ten­tion­ally visit the city to get the cig­a­rettes … he sim­ply took a chance when of­fered cheap cig­a­rettes.

Sher­iff Brian Mo­han warned Zaki that it was a se­ri­ous of­fence but he would give him the chance of an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody and made him the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with a con­di­tion he carry out 180 hours un­paid work.

■ A Mof­fat woman has been ac­cused in court at Dum­fries of as­sault­ing a woman at a Locker­bie store.

Sheila John­stone, 57, of Well Street, pleaded not guilty to strug­gling with the other woman at the Orig­i­nal Fac­tory Shop at Locker­bie in May, caus­ing her to fall to the floor and while she was there kick­ing her on the body.

Trial has been set for 26 Oc­to­ber.

■ A man who made threat­en­ing re­marks to his ex-part­ner has had his sen­tence at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court de­ferred for six months and warned to be of good be­hav­iour.

Craig Green, 35, of Syd­ney Gardens, Locker­bie, ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner to­wards the woman on Septem­ber 26.

The court was told that the cou­ple had been apart for about nine years but still kept in con­tact and had been at the front door to pick up a pass­port.

There was a brief con­ver­sa­tion be­tween his cur­rent part­ner and his ex fol­low­ing which he be­came ver­bally abu­sive.

Sher­iff Brian Mo­han de­ferred sen­tence to March 21.

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