Fined £400 on 21st birth­day

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A young Coat­bridge man who floored a fel­low club-goer with an ill- ad­vised punch after a night out has been fined in court.

Dar­rell Dick was given the un­wel­come birth­day gift by Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll when he ap­peared in front of him on his 21st last week.

Dick has been told to cough up £ 400 for his ag­gres­sive ac­tions on Coat­bridge’s Main Street in May.

He also lashed out at po­lice of­fi­cers who were try­ing to place him un­der ar­rest.

His de­fence so­lic­i­tor Rowan Myles said: “This has been quite the ed­u­ca­tion for him.

“He at­tended my of­fice and viewed CCTV footage.

“He knew he had thrown a punch but he thought it had only caused the wit­ness to stum­ble rather than fall over.

“The wit­ness was in a group that ma­noeu­vred up the street to­wards my client and his group; he didn’t just walk up and punch him on his own ac­cord.

“He’s as­sessed as a min­i­mum risk to oth­ers and is liv­ing in his fam­ily home.

“He earns £350 a week and is start­ing at col­lege.

“He’s fit to pay a fi­nan­cial penalty and I don’t think he’ll be the first to raise his hands again.

“He should have let it blow over and walked away.”

Sher­iff O’Car­roll high­lighted the fact that Dick “didn’t go qui­etly” when po­lice ar­rested him.

Mr Myles an­swered: “No, he didn’t, but he had been out for the en­tirety of the night and taken sub­stan­tial amounts of al­co­hol.”

Sher­iff O’Car­roll then ruled: “Hav­ing un­der­stood more fully the sit­u­a­tion then I will ac­cept all that has been said for you.

“There will be noth­ing more than a fine of £400. I have dis­counted that from £500 due to your plea of guilt.

“This must be paid in full in the next 28 days.”

Re­fused work

A man who re­sisted ar­rest from four po­lice of­fi­cers after hurl­ing abuse at his ex-part­ner may end up be­ing tagged.

Sean Hether­ston, 26, of Coat­bridge, ap­peared in court after ad­mit­ting to caus­ing his ex-part­ner fear and alarm by be­hav­ing in an ag­gres­sive man­ner on View­field Road last De­cem­ber.

The Dun­nachie Place res­i­dent’s case was de­ferred ear­lier this year for good be­hav­iour.

Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll con­firmed he wasn’t go­ing to send Hether­ston away with only a fine, and asked, “should I get a re­port on what else I could do?”

Hether­ston’s so­lic­i­tor asked his client if he was able to do un­paid work but the ac­cused con­firmed he wouldn’t un­der­take any due to suf­fer­ing from epilepsy.

This was met with an eye roll from Sher­iff O’Car­roll who went on to say: “Very well, I’ll ad­journ for a crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port and a re­stric­tion of lib­erty as­sess­ment or­der.

“All op­tions are very much open to the court.”

Lorry near miss

A Coat­bridge driver who al­most caused a smash with a lorry when driv­ing while five-times the le­gal al­co­hol limit has been banned from the roads and hit in the pocket.

Alan Goldie, 42, care­lessly pulled out of South Big­gar Road’s junc­tion with Carlisle Road in July.

A lorry was forced to slam on the brakes to avoid a po­ten­tially deadly col­li­sion with reck­less Goldie.

His ac­tions were spot­ted by po­lice who sub­se­quently pulled him over fur­ther along the road and then took him to Coat­bridge po­lice of­fice.

His breathal­yser read­ing showed an al­co­hol con­tent of 119mg in 100ml of his breath. The le­gal limit is just 22mg.

Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll said: “I’m not go­ing to jail you but this is a very high read­ing.

“I ex­pect you to keep work­ing on your al­co­hol prob­lem.

“You’re for­tu­nate the charge is listed as care­less driv­ing rather than dan­ger­ous, and I’ll re­flect that in my fine.

“That will be a sum of £1000, which is £500 each on the drink-driv­ing charge and the care­less driv­ing one.

“You’re also banned from driv­ing for a pe­riod of two years.”

Vi­o­lent pen­sioner

A pen­sioner who ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing his wife in their Glen­mavis home will re­turn to court in De­cem­ber.

Ed­ward Wilson, 70, in­jured his part­ner on Septem­ber 28 this year dur­ing a bru­tal dis­play of vi­o­lence.

The Wad­dell Av­enue res­i­dent punched her on the head, pulled her hair and caused her to fall to the ground.

He pled guilty to his ap­palling ac­tions when ap­pear­ing at court on Oc­to­ber 1, but was un­able to at­tend at court last week.

He will now ap­pear on De­cem­ber 19 to dis­cover his fate.

Breached or­der

A thug who breached his re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der won’t face any fur­ther pun­ish­ment.

Kieran O’Don­nell, 21, of Burn­bank Street, was part of a trio that car­ried out a hor­rific as­sault on Gibb Street last Fe­bru­ary.

He wielded a metal pole and as­saulted two men be­fore steal­ing their phones.

He was given a 12-month re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der, which he ad­mit­ted breach­ing.

But Sher­iff Derek O’Car­roll al­lowed the or­der to con­tinue.

I don’t think he’ll be the first to raise his hands again. He should have let it blow over

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