So­cial media snares driver

The Oban Times - - News -

SO­CIAL media in­crim­i­nated a man who burnt out a car on a Lochaber forestry road.

Stephen Graham was iden­ti­fied to po­lice af­ter his friend posted pic­tures of him driv­ing a car with­out a li­cence or in­sur­ance and then set­ting fire to it near Kin­lochleven on March 3, Fort Wil­liam sher­iff court heard on Tues­day.

The 19-year- old, who ap­peared from Grampian prison, pleaded guilty at an ear­lier hear­ing and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til sen­tenc­ing this week.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal, Michelle Mol­ley, said Graham, of Brown Street in Bal­loch, had driven the car from an ad­dress in Fort Wil­liam to the forestry road near Kin­lochleven and his pas­sen­ger showed po­lice pic­tures of the blaze and of Graham driv­ing the car, which he had posted to Face­book and Snapchat.

Sher­iff Richard David­son sen­tenced Graham to eight months in prison. He said: ‘This is both a cu­ri­ous state of af­fairs and a dan­ger­ous state of af­fairs. The for­est could have been dam­aged as could any­one or any­thing in the vicin­ity and there’s a car which is com­pletely de­stroyed.’

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