Man, nabbed in front gar­den of house

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS - Court re­porter

A man told cops who caught him act­ing sus­pi­ciously in the grounds of a house in Stir­ling that he was look­ing for cig­a­rette butts.

Alan Wyles, of Quak­er­field, Bannockburn, ad­mit­ted a charge of be­ing found in the cur­tilage of a house in Ran­doph Ter­race on Oc­to­ber 17 this year with­out law­ful au­thor­ity while on bail on an­other mat­ter.

Stir­ling Sher­iff Court was told on Wed­nes­day that po­lice had re­ceived a call about 9.45pm on Oc­to­ber about a male act­ing sus­pi­ciously at the ad­dress.

Of­fi­cers at­tended at the ad­dress, said fis­cal de­pute Ash­ley Smith, and ob­served the ac­cused.

He was seen in the front gar­den lift­ing up plant pots lead­ing up to the front steps of the prop­erty.

When asked what he was do­ing, Wyles replied – `I thought it was my cousin’s house’ and `I thought it was my pal’s house.’

On speak­ing to the home owner she stated that she didn’t know the ac­cused and he had no rea­son to be in the front gar­den lift­ing plant pots.

Ms Smith said Wyles was ar­rested and when cau­tioned and charged made no re­ply.

When he was later ques­tioned by po­lice, he told them: `I was only look­ing for dowts.’

His agent Frazer McCready told Sher­iff Christo­pher Shead that Wyles had a “very lim­ited” record for crimes of dis­hon­esty.

He had pleaded guilty on Oc­to­ber 18 to the of­fence and had been in cus­tody since then. Sen­tence had been de­ferred for re­ports to ex­am­ine if there was an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody.

Mr McCready pointed out that 41-year-old Wyles knew he had to stay out of prison if he wished to see his chil­dren.

Sher­iff Shead sen­tenced Wyles to a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der that re­quired him to un­dergo 18 months’ su­per­vi­sion as an al­ter­na­tive to cus­tody.

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