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.