Guilty of assaults
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.