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09-May-11, 13:12
Don't miss the boat sheriff tells
Orkney-bound man...or else!

AN Orkney-bound man was warned by a sheriff that if he missed the evening boat, he would be in breach of his bail.
The condition was imposed on Carl Howley, of Cairndhuna Terrace, Wick, after he indicated he was going to live with his parents on Papa Westray.
Howley (27) had previously admitted breaching an earlier bail order by contacting Melanie Munro at a house in Battery Road, Wick, on April 30. The town’s sheriff court was told that the accused, who was then living in Cairndhuna Terrace, Wick, was caught, contacting her on his mobile phone.
Senior fiscal depute, David Barclay, said there was nothing untoward said by the accused, during the call but added that, given Howley’s knowledge of the relevant regulations, he should have resisted the temptation to contact Ms Munro.
After hearing from Howley’s solicitor, Sheriff Andrew Berry said it appeared that the Howley may have been “set up” to breach the bail order but pointed out that the accused had offended while on bail, on 10 occasions, previously and breached orders on a further four.
The sheriff described as “remarkable” the fact that Howley had breached his bail on the same day it was granted, and added that he had considered jailing him for eight months. However, as the accused intended returning to Cuppin, on Papa Westray, he would give him a chance. Sentence was deferred for three months, to give the accused an opportunity to demonstrate he could behave.
However, the sheriff imposed a same day deadline of 8pm by which time, Howley must be on a ferry for Orkney.
Sheriff Berry, who granted a fresh bail order, warned: “If you are still in Caithness after that, you will be in breach of your bail condition.”

Drinks driver had high reading

A MAN who drove with excess alcohol was fined 500 and banned for 16 months when he admitted the offence.
He was David Brown of Dunnet Place, Thurso.
Police were trying to trace him after learning he had been involved in a minor road accident, on the Castletown-Thurso road, on December 18, last year.
In the interval, Brown (27) arrived at Thurso police station and informed officers he had been driving. He volunteered the fact that he had been drinking and tests proved positive. They revealed a blood alcohol level of 199 milligrams-the legal limit is 80mgs.
Sheriff Berry said he took into account the fact that Brown was a first offender but added that the reading was close to two-and-a-half-times the legal limit.
Brown can reduce the disqualification, by four months, if he complete the drinks drivers' rehabilitation course.

Accused of assaults.

A THURSO man is to stand trial on four charges of assault.
Seventy-year-old John Gunn of Morven Place, Thurso also denies behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting and swearing and threatening violence.
The offences are alleged to have occurred at a house in Bayview Terrace, Thurso, on April 14 and 15.
Gunn will return to court for his trial on August 3.