Five times over drink drive limit
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.