Prison threat for thug who damaged taxi
Sheriff gives former drug dealer new payback order
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.