Re­manded af­ter as­sault on his girl­friend

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Court re­porter

A man sub­jected his girl­friend to a sus­tained at­tack in a Blair­gowrie car park.

Now he has been re­manded in cus­tody while back­ground re­ports are pre­pared.

Perth Sher­iff Court heard that 22-year-old Steven Dickie failed to at­tend an ap­point­ment with a so­cial worker be­cause of work com­mit­ments.

Sher­iff James MacDon­ald told him: “This was a breach of your bail or­der.

“You had an ap­point­ment which was an obli­ga­tion.

“It may have es­caped your no­tice that I ad­journed the mat­ter for re­ports, as well as a restric­tion of lib­erty or­der as­sess­ment.

“That may have given you some­thing of a hint I was con­sid­er­ing send­ing you to prison.”

He told Dickie that he had “made matters worse” by not telling the so­cial work depart­ment he would not be there.

“You sim­ply failed to at­tend,” the sher­iff said. “You will be re­manded in cus­tody.”

Dickie was charged with as­sault­ing Brooke Ker­mack in the Tar­get Tyres park­ing area in Blair­gowrie on May 22.

He threw a mo­bile phone and hand­bag at her, which hit her on the body and head, be­fore grab­bing hold of her and shak­ing her.

He then pushed her, caus­ing her to fall and strike her head on the ground.

Fi­nally he threw a bro­ken set of hair straight­en­ers at her, all re­sult­ing in in­jury.

Part of the charge which al­leged that the 22-year-old punched her on the head was deleted.

Be­cause of a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for a sim­i­lar of­fence, Dickie had his sen­tence de­ferred to en­able re­ports to be pre­pared.

He was freed on bail at that time af­ter ad­mit­ing the as­sault.

A not guilty plea was ac­cepted to a charge of break­ing a set of hair straight­en­ers into pieces and re­mov­ing the woman’s be­long­ings from his car and throw­ing them on to the ground.

Dickie, of Hill­rise, Kir­riemuir, will be sen­tenced on De­cem­ber 20.

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