Roof siege man is handed a jail term
Three-hour stand-off following school break-in
A troublemaker who had to be talked down from the roof of a house in Round Riding Road after breaking into Dumbarton Academy has been locked up.
The Lennox Herald reported earlier this year how Jason Arthurs spent three hours on the top of the property prompting police negotiators having to be drafted in.
Police were forced to close the street with firefighters also in attendance as shocked residents looked on as the 23-year-old was eventually talked down at 11pm on Saturday, May 27.
He and co-accused Andrew Pyke, 22, had just broken into Dumbarton Academy, however, both had left empty-handed.
Police had chased them on foot from the Crosslet School. Officers caught up with Pyke but Arthurs tried to escape by making his way onto the house.
The duo had earlier raided Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh, making off with money. The pair, both listed as prisoners of Low Moss but believed to stay in Glasgow, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week after admitting both breakins.
Sheriff William Gallacher said: “You came into this area and allowed yourself to invade two secondary schools.
“You caused considerable harm with utter disregard to anyone involved in this matter. It’s imperative upon me to mark that.”
Pyke’s defence lawyer told the court he is currently in custody having been sentenced to 27 weeks in prison following another offence in Glasgow.
Addressing the sheriff, the solicitor said: “He doesn’t instruct me or ask my lord to deal with this matter in any way other than imprisonment.
“Although there is a record before the court, there are no convictions for housebreaking albeit there’s a meaningful conviction from April 2016 for reset of a motor vehicle.”
Pyke was handed a total jail term of 18 months which will be served following his current spell in jail.
Arthurs’ lawyer also conceded the only way of dealing with his client was by way of imprisonment.
The court was told he was out on licence when the offences happened and was returned to jail to serve a year to make up for the unexpired part of the sentence he was serving at the time.
He was also given an additional jail term of two years and eight months meaning he will be in prison for a further 44 months.
The sheriff added: “Each sentence will be consecutive to each other. To go from one school into another is a very serious matter and will be recognised as that.”
Charged Jason Arthurs on the roof of the house on Round Riding Road