Two men have made a brief appearance in court at Dumfries on a charge of assaulting another man to his severe injury and permanent disfigurement by repeatedly stamping on his head and stabbing him.
Ian Johnston, 37, of Glenshalloch Road, Dalbeattie, and AlanWhite or Adair, 43, a prisoner at Barlinnie, pleaded not guilty to committing the assault at Friars’ Vennel in Dumfries in June.
Johnston also denied assaulting another man and punching him on the head.Trial has been set for next month.
A schoolboy who stole his mum’s morphine pills and sold them to fellow pupils has been given an absolute discharge by a sheriff.
The 17-year-old’s scheme was uncovered when a girl who had been given one of the 50 pence pills by another youth became unwell.
A plea had been put forward by a solicitor that any conviction could be a bar on a visit to another country by the youth to continue his studies.
Sheriff George Jamieson granted the discharge following the receipt of a letter from the boy’s church and evidence that he had paid £100 to a youth organisation.
The youth, from the Castle Douglas area, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted stealing the medication in September and being concerned in the supply of the morphine to others.
The court at Dumfries was told that following the illness of the girl, the youth was traced in his class.
A bulge was noticed in his sock and he was found to have two plastic bags – one containing the morphine pills and the other another type of pill.
He had never been in trouble before. A motorist has been fined £260 after pleading guilty to a charge of driving carelessly on the A75 near Castle Douglas.
Joel McGarva, 20, of Farlam Drive, Carlisle, also had five points endorsed on his licence by the sheriff at Dumfries.
He admitted crossing a double white line and driving on the opposing carriageway while approaching the blind crest of a hill, driving at excessive speed and trying to overtake a lorry when it was not appropriate to do so, in June.
A Stewartry motorist is to face trial at Dumfries Sheriff Court on a dangerous driving charge.
Duncan McLachlan, 51, of Main Street,Twynholm, pleaded not guilty to committing the offence on the A75 road between Drummore roundabout at Dumfries and Crocketford in August. He is alleged to have overtaken a vehicle on a bend while unable to see oncoming traffic, driving onto the opposing carriageway and overtaking another vehicle in the face of oncoming traffic.Trial has been set for March.
A visit to an ex-partner’s home resulted in Steven Johnstone landing in a court.
For the sheriff at Dumfries was told that after going out for a spell he returned to find his partner on the phone to the police.
Johnstone, 34, thought it was to get him removed from the house and, in his frustratin, he punched a hole in the wall.
But the call had been about a completely separate manner.
Johnstone, of Alvingham Avenue, Castle Douglas, admitted damaging property at MauchlineTerrace in Dumfries at the weekend.
He was fined £100 and ordered to pay compensation of £50.