Mo­bile phone crook will have to wait to learn court sen­tence

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - RON MOORE

A no­to­ri­ous thief had his sen­tence de­layed after prose­cu­tors failed to pro­duce a stolen mo­bile phone.

Crook An­drew Mack, 32, was due to be learn his fate after swip­ing the hand­set and charger from a night­club in Pais­ley.

Pais­ley Sher­iff Court heard that Mack pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to steal­ing the de­vice from Fac­tion Night­club in the town’s Shut­tle Street on De­cem­ber 20.

The drug ad­dict and re­peat shop lifter had ad­mit­ted the of­fence at court on De­cem­ber 24.

How­ever, when he ap­peared back in the dock to face the mu­sic, prose­cu­tors re­vealed they did not have the ev­i­dence on which his con­vic­tion was based.

Fis­cal de­pute Mar­garet McCal­lum ex­plained the Crown did not have the phone on hand and re­quested an ad­journ­ment to lo­cate the de­vice, prompt­ing a swift re­sponse from pre­sid­ing Sher­iff Colin Pet­ti­grew.

He said: “The lo­ca­tion of the item, a mo­bile phone, is known.

“I un­der­stand you were not the de­pute in court but nev­er­the­less you are here to rep­re­sent the Crown.

“As the where­abouts are known, per­haps one of your col­leagues could be in­structed to go and see if the phone is there.”

De­fence agent Rhona Lynch con­firmed Mack, of the town’s Ar­gyll Street, was ad­mit­ting re­spon­si­bilty for the of­fence.

But she also re­quested that the sen­tence be de­ferred for back­ground re­ports to be sought.

She said: “Mr Mack ad­vises me he suf­fers from se­vere psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, sleep­less nights, flash­backs, and be­lieves he is suf­fer­ing from PTSD as a re­sult of tragic life events.

“This in­cludes his­tor­i­cal abuse and I would like to ob­tain a med­i­cal re­port to as­cer­tain if my client is suf­fer­ing from PTSD.”

Sher­iff Pet­ti­grew con­curred with the lawyer telling the crook: “Clearly it is in your in­ter­est if there is some form of in­ves­ti­ga­tion into your med­i­cal con­di­tion.”

He de­ferred sen­tence for three weeks for the court to ob­tain re­ports in prepa­ra­tion for dis­pos­ing of the case.

But he re­fused bail for Mack and re­manded him in cus­tody un­til Jan­uary 31.

Mack pre­vi­ously sparked ou­trage after ri­fling the lock­ers of teenage dancers as they per­formed for a char­ity event at Pais­ley Town Hall.

He also stole char­ity tak­ings by swip­ing a col­lec­tion box at the town’s Ful­bar Road, and snatched a lady’s hand­bag at the town’s Phoenix Re­tail Park.

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