Ter­ror­ism charge

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A Mus­lim con­vert has ap­peared in court ac­cused of en­cour­ag­ing ter­ror­ism on Face­book.

Mo­hammed Hamza Sid­diq, 37, is ac­cused of mak­ing ex­trem­ist posts on the so­cial me­dia site.

Sid­diq, who is orig­i­nally from Kirkcud­bright, is charged with one count of en­cour­ag­ing ter­ror­ism and an­other of fail­ing to dis­close in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice.

The ac­cused, for­merly known as An­drew Cal­la­dine, ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court on Au­gust 30.

He has not yet en­tered any pleas to the charges against him.

Po­lice be­came aware of his pub­licly open Face­book ac­count in Au­gust 2017, the court heard.

Sid­diq, now of Not­ting­ham, was re­manded in cus­tody and is due to ap­pear at the Old Bai­ley on Septem­ber 27.

■ A for­mer sales man­ager who em­bez­zled £20,622 dur­ing a five-year pe­riod while work­ing for a Cas­tle Dou­glas garage firm, has es­caped a jail sen­tence.

But Sher­iff Brian Mo­han warned 55-year-old John McKnight that he was imposing a direct al­ter­na­tive to prison in mak­ing him the sub­ject of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der with con­di­tions that he carry out 300 hours un­paid work and pay com­pen­sa­tion of £20,622.

The sher­iff said: “I am con­cerned that this was a long run­ning of­fence and that you had taken ad­van­tage of the death of the prin­ci­pal of the business.”

McKnight, now liv­ing in Worces­ter, had ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the em­bez­zle­ment at Robert­son Gemini Lim­ited at Cot­ton Street, Cas­tle Dou­glas be­tween Septem­ber 2010 and Septem­ber 2015.

The court was told that the owner who orig­i­nally ran the business had died and his wife had taken over at the time and it was even­tu­ally found that some cash en­tries had not been put through.

■ A Kirkcud­bright teenager who sup­plied cannabis in the town has had his case at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court con­tin­ued for back­ground re­ports.

The 17-year-old, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence be­tween De­cem­ber last year and April this year.

He also ad­mit­ted be­ing in pos­ses­sion of cannabis in Kirkcud­bright in June this year. Sen­tence was de­ferred to Septem­ber 26.

■ A man who threat­ened vi­o­lence against cops was fined £200 at Dum­fries Sher­iff Court. Ian John­ston, 37, of Glen­shal­loch Road, Dal­beat­tie, ad­mit­ted com­mit­ting the of­fence at the town’s High Street on Au­gust 28.

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