View Full Version : Cases from yesterday's sheriff court session

31-Oct-13, 09:20
Passenger in charge of car while over limit

A Caithness man was fined for being in charge of a car with excess alcohol although he wasn't at the wheel.
Scott Christie was a past driver, but the friend who had given him a lift, was a learner, and the accused was therefore responsible, Wick Sheriff Court heard.
Christie,22, admitted having been in charge of the car with a breath alcohol level of 73mgs - the limit is 35mgs - in Wick on July 20.
Fining the first offender 150, Sheriff Andrew Berry described the case as "most unusual".
The court was told that Christie, of Henderson Square, Watten village, had since lost his job as a motor mechanic. In addition to the fine he incurred 10 penalty points.

Only possible sentence for repeated offending
A WICK man has been jailed for three months by the sheriff who said that it was the only remaining sentence open to him.
John Begg previously admitted charges of threatening or abusive behaviour and assault in the town. The offences occurred in the town in June and October.
The 23-year-old, of Ormlie Lodge, Thurso, who has an extensive record, appeared from custody..
Sheriff Berry said that everything else had been tried for Begg who will also have unpaid community service to complete when he is released.

Careless driver had relationship on his mind
A DRIVER damaged 5.6 metres of a stone wall in Wick when his car went out of control in the town.
Construction worker Niall Gallagher, 22, admitted a charge of careless.
The first offender was fined 200 and incurred four penalty points. His car was a write-off in the accident in the accident in Kennedy Terrace, Wick, on June 9.
Solicitor Sylvia MacLennan said that Gallagher, of Lindos, Newtonhill, near Wick, had had a difference with his girlfriend earlier and his mind had not been entirely on his driving.

Gave false name to police
A MAN who "stupidly" gave a false name to police, was fined 150.
Kevin Alexander was reluctant to “engage” with officers when approached by them at his home at 16 Castle Street, Thurso, on July 12, during an investigation.
The 53-year-old told them he was “Fred Bloggs” and was arrested. Alexander pleaded guilty and admitted a record.
Sentencing him, Sheriff Berry commented that it would have been straightforward had he “simply co-operated”.