Stab­bing charge

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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.

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