Naked knife­man

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

A man tried to get into a flat in Dal­beat­tie un­in­vited while par­tially clothed and car­ry­ing a knife.

James Pick­thall tried the door han­dle of a neigh­bour­ing flat and at­tempted to put his hand through the let­ter­box. The 38-year-old then took off the rest of his cloth­ing. At Dum­fries Sher­iff Court, Pick­thall, de­scribed as a pris­oner at Dum­fries, ad­mit­ted be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner at Craig­nair Flats in Dal­beat­tie in Septem­ber.

He also ad­mit­ted try­ing to en­ter a neigh­bour­ing flat un­in­vited and be­ing in posses­sion of a lock knife.

Fis­cal de­pute Jen­nifer McGill told the court that the neigh­bour thought Pick­thall was try­ing to break into the flat and was very alarmed.

So­lic­i­tor David Orr said Pick­thall was ashamed about what hap­pened and thought he was try­ing to get into his own door.

Sher­iff Brian Mo­han pointed out that Pick­thall had a record and jailed him for 20 months.

A man has been ac­cused of at­tack­ing his preg­nant part­ner, com­press­ing her throat and ren­der­ing her un­con­scious to her se­vere in­jury and the dan­ger of her life.

Robert Tay­lor, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charge which also al­leged that he re­peat­edly punched and kicked her on the head and body, struck her head against a cot, hit her on the head and body with a bot­tle and put a bro­ken bot­tle to her neck.

In ad­di­tion Tay­lor de­nied be­hav­ing in a threat­en­ing man­ner to the woman at Dee Av­enue in Cas­tle Dou­glas in July, shout­ing and swear­ing, ac­cus­ing her of cheat­ing on him and threat­en­ing to kill her.

Trial was set for De­cem­ber and Tay­lor, de­scribed as a pris­oner in Bar­lin­nie, lodged a plea of self-de­fence.

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