Guilty of as­saults

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

A three-day jury trial be­fore the sher­iff at Dum­fries came to an abrupt end with a man chang­ing his plea to guilty on charges of as­sault­ing two for­mer part­ners dur­ing the last 11 years.

Adrian Cur­rie, 39, de­scribed as a pris­oner at Bar­lin­nie, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fences at Lochmaben in 2006 and at Lochside in Dum­fries in Jan­uary and June, this year.

The first charge al­leged he re­peat­edly punched one for­mer part­ner on the head and body, grabbed her by the body, re­strained her, dragged her bod­ily and re­peat­edly kicked her on the body, chased her and forcibly re­moved a mo­bile phone from her grasp and dis­man­tled it.

In the sec­ond charge he was stated to have re­peat­edly kicked the other part­ner on the body at Ash­ton Drive in Dum­fries, re­peat­edly grabbed her forcibly by the body, pushed her onto a sofa, seized and pulled her by the hair, struck her on the head with a glass bot­tle and threw a brick at her strik­ing her on the head.

In ad­di­tion he pleaded guilty to dam­ag­ing a ve­hi­cle at Ash­ton Drive in Jan­uary by strik­ing it with a piece of con­crete and, in June, smash­ing a glass on the front door and two liv­ing room win­dows of the house, pulling down win­dow blinds and throw­ing a plant pot into the liv­ing room and also breach­ing bail con­di­tions not to con­tact cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als.

He was said to have sim­i­lar pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions – one in­volv­ing car­ry­ing a knife – and he was re­manded in cus­tody for a month for re­ports.

■ A mo­torist who drove on the M74 at over 114mph while banned, has been fined £1,500 at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court.

Vasile Ne­gru, from Har­row, was also banned from driv­ing for two years.

He 38-year-old pleaded guilty at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court to com­mit­ting the of­fences and also us­ing a car with­out in­sur­ance near Locker­bie last Wed­nes­day.

■ A driver whose van col­lided with a lorry af­ter he dozed off on the M74 has es­caped a driv­ing ban.

Richard Jones, 34, of Kiora, Kirk­bride, was fined £500 and had six points en­dorsed on his li­cence.

He pleaded guilty at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court to driv­ing care­lessly near Ea­gles­field in Novem­ber last year, fall­ing asleep and and col­lid­ing with a lorry re­sult­ing. His plea of not guilty to driv­ing for four hours and 45 min­utes with­out tak­ing a break of at least 45 min­utes was ac­cepted by the court.

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