Man fined af­ter drunken ‘prank’

Evening Express (City Final) - - On The Beat - BY DANNY MCKAY

A WOMAN who drove af­ter tak­ing a “cock­tail of drugs” has been banned from the road.

Claire Robert­son, 30, had driven to Ex­change Street in Aberdeen in search of more drugs and fresh nee­dles at around 4.10pm on June 28.

Fis­cal de­pute Gavin Let­ford said she had been seen with her head on the steer­ing wheel, and also re­vers­ing un­til she “al­most col­lided with an­other car”.

When po­lice ar­rived they noted her eyes were glazed and found a “crack pipe” in a cup holder. A MAN who hi­jacked a friend’s Face­book ac­count and sent pic­tures of a pe­nis to his work col­leagues has landed up in court for the “stupid prank”.

Keith Mel­drum, 31, cre­ated a Face­book page for his pal and used the ac­cess to send two peo­ple the graphic photo, which he told po­lice he sourced from Google.

Aberdeen Sher­iff Court, pic­tured, was told Mel­drum and the man – who had known each other for around 10 years – are no longer pals.

Fis­cal de­pute Gavin Let­ford said the of­fence came about as a re­sult of a 3am “drunken prank”.

Mr Let­ford said the friend asked Mel­drum to make a Face­book ac­count for him but their re­la­tion­ship had then “de­te­ri­o­rated”.

Mr Let­ford said: “At 3am on Au­gust 27 2017 the two com­plain­ers re­ceived an im­age sent via the Face­book ac­count.

“The ac­cused sent the images from the Face­book ac­count of a friend of his, and sent the images to col­leagues of the friend.” The man de­nied send­ing the ex­plicit photo and po­lice were con­tacted.

Mel­drum told of­fi­cers it was a “ran­dom im­age he found on Google”, adding it was a “stupid prank which he had done to make his friends laugh”.

Mel­drum, of Charles Place, In­verurie, pled guilty to be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner by send­ing two men an im­age of a pe­nis via so­cial me­dia.

De­fence agent Charles Ben­zies said his client and the man he cre­ated the Face­book page for were “no longer friends”.

He said: “It was a drunken prank. He says he was egged on by oth­ers. He bit­terly re­grets his ac­tions.”

Sher­iff Gra­ham Buchanan fined Mel­drum £200.

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