Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

A man has ad­mit­ted spit­ting in his mother’s face and also tip­ping a bot­tle of soft drink over her as she drove him home from the pub.

Steven Gra­ham was given 200 hours of un­paid com­mu­nity work af­ter ad­mit­ting a string of charges at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court.

The 20-year-old, of Dryfe Road, Locker­bie, also hit his mum on the body in an in­ci­dent in St Michael Street, Dum­fries, in May.

He also pleaded guilty to shout­ing and swear­ing and act­ing ag­gres­sively and again as­sault­ing her in a ve­hi­cle on a jour­ney to Locker­bie by throw­ing the con­tents of a bot­tle of soft drink over her.

In ad­di­tion he ad­mit­ted strug­gling with po­lice at Locker­bie.

Ini­tially, Gra­ham was driven by his mother to Green’s Bar in Dum­fries and then later he called her to come back and pick him up, the court was told.

Fis­cal de­pute Ali­son Her­ald said: “There was a dis­agree­ment and Gra­ham told his mother he hated her and hit her on the arm.

“She started to drive back to Locker­bie and while she was driv­ing he picked up a bot­tle of juice, took a drink and then poured the con­tents over her.”

The fis­cal said on their re­turn Gra­ham’s mother went into the house to get a cloth to clean the car and he told her to take him to An­nan and asked for cash. Po­lice were even­tu­ally called and he re­acted vi­o­lently.

Gra­ham also ad­mit­ted breach­ing an or­der ban­ning him from Somer­ton Gar­dens and Rose­bank Cres­cent in Locker­bie by go­ing in to Somer­ton Gar­dens.

So­lic­i­tor Liz Dougan said Gra­ham apol­o­gised for his be­hav­iour and this had been a les­son to him.

But Sher­iff Brian Mo­han said it was se­ri­ous and sus­tained be­hav­iour and im­posed the com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

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