Thugtold tostay outof trouble
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@ gmail.com
Before Nicola with husband John before she shed more than eight stone