Thug­told tostay outof trou­ble

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A thug who car­ried out an as­sault and, later that day, strug­gled with cops has been warned by a sher­iff to make sure he con­tin­ues to stay out of bother.

Ryan Grace, 26, ap­peared at Dum­bar­ton Sher­iff Court last week for a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der re­view and Sher­iff Maxwell Hendry warned him to keep be­hav­ing.

Grace, from Har­ri­son Place in Ren­ton had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing a man and punch­ing him on the head, caus­ing him to fall to the ground.

This hap­pened at Mor­risons in Dum­bar­ton on March 23 last year.

He also pled guilty to re­sist­ing, ob­struct­ing and hin­der­ing two male po­lice of­fi­cers and strug­gling with them on the same date at Dum­bar­ton Health Cen­tre.

Sher­iff Maxwell Hendry said: “It’s good to see there has been no fur­ther of­fend­ing.

“The $64,000 ques­tion is what hap­pens when your sit­u­a­tion al­ters and, more per­ti­nently, how you re­spond to that change.

“You could show that you have taken on board lessons you have been taught re­cently.

“But there’s the risk that, as the level of sup­port, guid­ance and ad­vice re­duces you don’t re­spond well and re­vert to bad habits.

“You can change it by con­tin­u­ing to do well.

“I hope to see as good a re­port as this in three months time.”

Grace will be back in court for a fur­ther re­view on June 16. A su­per slim­mer is“half the woman she used to be”af­ter shed­ding more than eight stones in a trans­for­ma­tion which she cred­its with sav­ing her life.

Ni­cola Steven­son bat­tled weight prob­lems, poor diet and health complaints for many of her 28 years.

Fed up, and with a lot of en­cour­age­ment from her sup­port­ive fam­ily, she signed up to a slim­ming class and her trans­for­ma­tion be­gan.

In just a year she dropped five dress sizes, from a 24 to a 14, and trimmed down from 20 stone to 11lb 10oz.

Friends are now walk­ing past slim­line Ni­cola, who lives in Bellsmyre with her hus­band John, 52, in the street be­cause they don’t recog­nise her af­ter the eight and a half stone weight loss.

Now she is plan­ning her first trip abroad -“I al­ways thought I was too big to fly”, she said - af­ter cel­e­brat­ing be­ing crowned Alexan­dria Slim­mingWorld’s ‘Great­est Loser’.

Ni­cola said:“I feel like a new woman - I joke that I am half the per­son I was.”

The per­sonal shop­per at Asda in Dum­bar­ton was first per­suaded to go along to a Slim­mingWorld class by her sis­ter Karen MacPhail last year.

“She saved my life,”Ni­cola said.“At that time I was breath­less af­ter walk­ing up the stairs and had a cough I couldn’t get rid of. My diet was bad too. I would eat crisps and drink a can of juice in the morn­ing then be busy at work all day, come home, and or­der a take away.

“Now I ac­tu­ally eat more but it is good, healthy food.The cough is gone and I ex­er­cise five nights a week. I’m hap­pier, health­ier and much more con­fi­dent.”

Ni­cola at­tended weekly meet­ings in Boys Brigade Hall, Alexan­dria, which is run by con­sul­tant Donna Douse.

She added:“Walk­ing through those doors was one of the hard­est things I’ve ever done, I was em­bar­rassed about my size and scared I might be the big­gest per­son there. I needn’t have wor­ried.”

Ni­cola has thanked John McKe­own at Live Ac­tive in the Meadow Cen­tre for his en­cour­age­ment.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on class times con­tact con­sulant Donna Douse on 07949724589 or email don­nadous­esw@

Be­fore Ni­cola with hus­band John be­fore she shed more than eight stone

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