Prison threat for thug who dam­aged taxi

Sher­iff gives for­mer drug dealer new pay­back or­der

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ex­press Re­porter

A con­victed drug dealer who ad­mit­ted smash­ing the screen of a black cab af­ter ar­gu­ing with the driver has nar­rowly avoided be­ing sent back to jail.

Pais­ley Sher­iff Court had pre­vi­ously heard how Jamie Woods and his girl­friend hired the taxi in Glas­gow af­ter a night out and agreed a £40 fare to be taken back to Bridge of Weir.

How­ever, when they made a stop-off in Lin­wood and Woods, 27, nipped out of the taxi, he re­turned to find the driver ar­gu­ing with his girl­friend.

A short time later irate Woods asked the driver to stop and let them out and when the driver re­fused, Woods, 27, punched the screen in the car.

Sen­tence had orig­i­nally been de­ferred for back­ground re­ports on the ac­cused and when he re­turned to court yes­ter­day, Sher­iff Colin Pet­ti­grew noted that Woods had pre­vi­ously served part of a lengthy jail term for drug deal­ing and was out on li­cence at the time of the taxi out­burst.

His de­fence agent told the court that Woods had pre­vi­ously been a cannabis user, but had not touched the drug for two years.

Woods, he added, was an in­di­vid­ual who suf­fered from anx­i­ety, a con­di­tion for which he had sought and re­ceived med­i­cal at­ten­tion and coun­selling.

It was claimed that he suf­fered a mo­men­tary panic at­tack when the driver re­fused to stop the ve­hi­cle and let them get out and he lashed out in the heat of the mo­ment.

“He ex­presses gen­uine re­morse, re­grets his con­duct and un­der­stands that he went too far,” said the lawyer.

Sher­iff Pet­ti­grew orig­nally made Woods the sub­ject of a 12-month Com­mu­nity Pay­back Or­der re­quir­ing him to com­plete 200 hours of un­paid work.

When the Pais­ley yob was hauled back to court again af­ter fail­ing to com­plete the un­paid hours of work, the sher­iff hit him with a fresh 300 hours of un­paid work.

De­fence agent Alas­tair Gray said his client had been un­able to com­plete the task set by the court last year as he was “not in a good place” in re­la­tion to his men­tal health, adding: “He made a bit of a mess of it due to non-com­pli­ance.”

Woods, he said, had man­aged to re­main in em­ploy­ment as a me­chanic and was now in a much bet­ter po­si­tion to face up to what was re­quired and com­plete a fresh or­der.

Sher­iff Pet­ti­grew said that Woods, of West Drive, Pais­ley, had orig­i­nally put him­self at risk to be­ing re­turned to prison and he was once again in that same po­si­tion.

In­creas­ing the hours to be com­pleted to 300 via the new or­der, he warned sternly that if he failed again, that would be what hap­pens.

Woods’ progress is to be closely mon­i­tored and the first re­view will take place on March 1.

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