Five times over drink drive limit

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

A tip off to po­lice over a pos­si­ble drink-driver re­sulted in Gary Mof­fat be­ing banned from the roads for 20 months.

For the po­lice lo­cated his car on the A75 near Rhone­house road end and he was found to be five times over the le­gal limit.

At Dum­fries Sher­iff Court, Mof­fat, 30, of St John Street, Whithorn, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence at the week­end and was fined £400 in ad­di­tion to the ban.

So­lic­i­tor Do­minic Kear­ney said Mof­fat had been with friends in Dum­fries.

They had been drink­ing the pre­vi­ous night and he had been due to stay on but later in the day he thought he would be al­right to drive and wanted to get back to Whithorn so that he could go to work next morn­ing.

■ The trial of a woman ac­cused of em­bez­zling goods and money from a firm in Dum­fries, has been ad­journed to Fe­bru­ary due to lack of court time.

Eleanor McTag­gart, of Town­head Gar­dens, Collin, pleaded not guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fence while work­ing as a credit con­troller at the Dum­fries Tim­ber Com­pany group in Huntingdon Road in the town be­tween Fe­bru­ary and June, 2016.

■ A 46-year-old man is to face trial at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court on a charge of as­sault­ing a woman.

Andrew McLaugh­lin, of Ke­nil­worth Road, Dum­fries, pleaded not guilty to seiz­ing her by the neck and com­press­ing it at Dun­lop Road be­tween Oc­to­ber 12 and 13, re­peat­edly seiz­ing hold of her by the body to pre­vent her leav­ing, clos­ing a door against her body and strik­ing her on the body with his hand.

Trial was set for Jan­uary.

■ A man has been ac­cused in court at Dum­fries of charges of as­sault, threat­en­ing be­hav­iour and re­sist­ing po­lice.

Craig Neill, 21, of Grey­stones, Mansegate, Dun­score, pleaded not guilty to com­mit­ting the of­fences ini­tially at St Andrew’s Street in Dum­fries at the week­end.

He de­nied as­sault­ing a man, grab­bing him by the leg and pulling him to the ground and re­peat­edly punch­ing him.

He also de­nied re­peat­edly shout­ing at po­lice of­fi­cers try­ing to break free when be­ing re­strained, punch­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and kick­ing a po­lice­man on the face. Trial was set for Fe­bru­ary.

■ A man who shouted and swore at his part­ner in An­nan af­ter an ar­gu­ment, has been fined £280.

Jonathan Brown, of Ed­in­burgh Road, Mary­port, pleaded guilty at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner to­wards the woman at Spring­bells Road in Septem­ber.

The court was told the ar­gu­ment took place in the late af­ter­noon and Brown had said ”he had had enough”and had gone up­stairs to pack his bags and leave.

When he came back down­stairs and was asked if he was re­ally go­ing to leave, he started call­ing her names and po­lice were called.

Sher­iff Brian Mo­han pointed out that since Brown had not been in trouble be­fore and the re­la­tion­ship had now ended he would sim­ply deal with the mat­ter through the fine.

■ Back­ground re­ports have been or­dered by the sher­iff at Dum­fries on a man who as­saulted his part­ner in An­nan.

Michael Mur­doch, 57, of Find­later Court, Dum­fries, ad­mit­ted strik­ing the woman on the head at Spring­bells Road in An­nan in Septem­ber.

The court was told the cou­ple had been in a re­la­tion­ship for about three years.

The se­cu­rity care­taker at the hous­ing block had heard a scream and cry for help and found the woman with a burst lip and blood all over her face.

The case was con­tin­ued to De­cem­ber 6.

■ A man has been fined £220 for be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner to­wards a woman.

Paul McKenna, 37, of McCon­nell Street, Kel­loholm, pleaded guilty at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court to com­mit­ting the of­fence at Alexan­dra Place in An­nan in Septem­ber by shout­ing and swear­ing.

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